Religious Freedom in Modern Russia

Religious Freedom in Modern Russia

by Randall A. Poole, Paul W. Werth


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Despite Russia’s religiously diverse population and the strong connection between the Russian state and the Orthodox Church, the problem of religious freedom has been a driving force in the country’s history. This volume gathers leading scholars to provide an extensive exploration of the evolution, experience, and contested meanings of religious freedom in Russia from the early modern period to the present, with a particular focus on the nineteenth century. Addressing different spiritual traditions, clerics and revolutionaries, ideas and lived experience, Religious Freedom in Modern Russia explores the various meanings that religious freedom, toleration, and freedom of conscience had in Russia among nonstate actors.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822945499
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 11/13/2018
Series: Russian and East European Studies Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Randall A. Poole is professor of history at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota, and a fellow of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Paul W. Werth is professor of history at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Faith, Freedom, and the Varieties of Russian Religious Experience Randall A. Poole 1

Chapter 2 Religious Toleration in Russian Thought, 1520-1825 G. M. Hamburg 44

Chapter 3 Freedom of Conscience in the Clerical Imagination of Russian Orthodox Thought, 1801-1865 Patrick Lally Michelson 81

Chapter 4 Freedom of Conscience, Freedom of Confession, and "Land and Freedom" in the 1860s Victoria Frede 104

Chapter 5 The Modern Martyrs of Russia: International Interest in Evangelical Christians and Religious Freedom in Late Imperial Russia Heather J. Coleman 121

Chapter 6 Missionaries of Official Orthodoxy: Agents of State Religion in Late Imperial Russia Daniel Scarborough 142

Chapter 7 Designs for Dâr al-Islâm: Religious Freedom and the Emergence of a Muslim Public Sphere, 1905-1916 Norihiro Naganawa 160

Chapter 8 Religious Freedom, the Religious Market, and Spiritual Entrepreneurship in Russia after 1997 J. Eugene Clay 182

Notes 215

Contributors 299

Index 301

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