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Special Topics in Religion (RELG 3051)

Term: Academic Year 2019-2020 Spring


Anna Vlad RozonoerShow MyInfo popup for Anna Vlad Rozonoer
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Thu, 2:10 PM - 4:30 PM (1/13/2020 - 5/8/2020) Location: MAIN CLASS 110


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.