Religion, Morality, and Community in Post-Soviet Societies

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Mark D. Steinberg, Catherine Wanner
Indiana University Press, 2008 - History - 350 pages
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In the post-Soviet environment of expanded civil freedom with great everyday uncertainty, unhappiness, injustice, and suffering, religious organizations and beliefs in Russia and Eurasia face numerous opportunities and intense challenges. Based on recent research and interdisciplinary methodologies, this volume examines how religious organizations and individuals engage the changing and troubled environment in which they live. The contributions investigate not just Russian Orthodoxy, but also Old Belief, Judaism, Islam, Buriat shamanism, and Catholicism. Among the important questions considered are how religion addresses problems of charity, memory, justice, community, morality, nationalism, democracy, and civil liberties.

  

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Contents

Reclaiming the Sacred after Communism
1
Modes of Moral Action in Russian Orthodoxy
21
The Freezing of Historical Memory? The PostSoviet Russian Orthodox Church and the Council of 1917
55
Moral Narratives of a Russian Orthodox Woman
85
Remaking Moral Communities and Inequalities on a Former State Farm
115
Mountain Jewish Laments in Azerbaijan and on the Internet
149
Who Gets Saved in PostSoviet Russian Charity Work?
179
Buriat Shamans as Mediators of Multiple Worlds
215
Islamic Tendencies Extremist Violence and Authoritarian Secularism
247
The Putin Years
281
Policy Implications of the Research and Analysis
315
Further Reading
327
Contributors
333
Index
337
Back cover
351
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Mark D. Steinberg is Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and editor of Slavic Review. He is editor (with Heather J. Coleman) of Sacred Stories: Religion and Spirituality in Modern Russia (IUP, 2007).

Catherine Wanner is Associate Professor of History and Religious Studies at the Pennsylvania State University and is author of Communities of the Converted: Ukrainians and Global Evangelism.

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