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Special Topics in Religion (RELG 3051)

Term: Academic Year 2018-2019 Spring


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Fri, 9:10 AM - 11:30 AM (1/14/2019 - 5/19/2019) Location: MAIN CLASS 114


The course provides a survey of religion in Russian history from the Kievan period to the current day. Topics include pre-Christian paganism, the adoption of Christianity from Byzantium, the process of Christianization, religious development under the Tatars, the Old Believer Schism, inter-religious relations, peasant religious beliefs, monasticism, the relationship between Russian Orthodox Church and the state during various periods (Kievan, Muscovite, Synodal, and Soviet), the plight of the New Martyrs and Confessors, and the resurgence of religion since the fall of communism. Students will encounter a vast array of materials, ranging from primary sources to scholarly articles to print, audio, and visual media.