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Religion and politics in Russia : a reader

Author: Marjorie Mandelstam Balzer
Publisher: London : Routledge, 2015.
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Russia is not only vast, it is also culturally diverse, the core of an empire that spanned Eurasia. In addition to the majority Russian Orthodox and various other Christian groups, the Russian Federation includes large communities of Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, and members of other religious groups, some with ancient historical roots. All are in a state of ferment, and securing formal state recognition for specific  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Balzer, Marjorie Mandelstam.
Religion and Politics in Russia: A Reader.
Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, ©2015
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Marjorie Mandelstam Balzer
ISBN: 9781317461128 1317461126 9781315701196 1315701197 9781317461104 131746110X 9781317461111 1317461118 0765624141 9780765624147 9780765624154 076562415X
OCLC Number: 900942786
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; List of Figures and Tables; Introduction; Part I Christianity: Orthodoxy and Others; 1. Russia: Trends in Orthodox Religiosity in the Twentieth Century (Statistics and Reality); 2. The Icon in the Home: The Home Begins with the Icon; 3. People of the Schism (1667-2007); 4. Russian Lutheranism: Between Protestantism, Catholicism, and Russian Orthodoxy; 5. Religious Searching and New Religious Organizations: On the Example of the Church of Christ in St. Petersburg. 6. St. Petersburg's Catholic Community: The Conversion Phenomenon and the Transformation of Power RelationsPart II Islam: Sunnis and Shi'ites in Cultural Perspective; 7. "Folk Islam" and Muslim Youth of the Central and Northwest Caucasus; 8. For Us, Religion Is Life; 9. Anyone for Polygamy? A Marriage Boom in Ingushetia Is Not Expected; 10. Islam and Muslims in Contemporary Tatarstan; Part III Judaism: From Persecution to Revival; 11. Who Are These Mountain Jews?; 12. Russian Jews: The Confessional Situation in the Late Twentieth Century. 13. Judaism Across the Commonwealth of Independent States (Excerpt)Part IV Buddhism: Cultural Variations; 14. Lamaism; 15. The Revival of Buddhism in Buryatia: Problems and Prospects; 16. Buddhists of Russia at the Turn of the Twenty-first Century; 17. Lamaism in Kalmykia (From Buddhism: A Dictionary); Part V Old and New Religious Movements: Burkhanism and Falun Gong; 18. Burkhanism in Gorny Altai; 19. The Phenomenon of "White Faith" in Southern Siberia; 20. Activity of the Chinese Religious Movement Falun Gong in Russia; Part VI Shamanism: Syncretism and Revival of Traditional Worldviews. 21. Traditional Religious Beliefs of the Peoples of Sayano-Altai and Problems of Religious Syncretism22. The Teleut Ritual Chymyr: Exorcism and Explanation; Recommended Readings; Index; About the Editor.
Responsibility: edited by Marjorie Mandelstam Balzer.


Russia is not only vast, it is also culturally diverse, the core of an empire that spanned Eurasia. This collection provides entry into the diversity of Russia's religious communities. It also  Read more...


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