Serbian Orthodox Fundamentals

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This book is a comprehensive exposition of the interaction of a national (the Serbian people) and a religiou (the Orthodox Christian faith) content, in the formation of a distinctive national identity and a mode of being. Its interdisciplinary approach, drawing on sociology, social anthropology, theology, political theory, Balkan historiography, and Serbian folklore, is deployed to provide a powerful and original analysis of how Serbian Orthodoxy has resulted in the sacralisation of the Serbian nation by framing the parameters of its existence. Addresses the following questions: what 'makes' a Serb? Are meaningful assumptions possible by introducing Serbian Orthodoxy as the primal point of reference? Why does religion appear to have an especially strong appeal?


Contents; Preface; 1. Nation, Religion and Fundamentalism; 2. Orthodoxy and Serbian National Identity; 3. Homo-Femina Serbicus; 4. The Pursuit of "Secular" Salvation; 5. The Pursuit of "Sacrificial" Salvation; 6. "To Love Your Neighbour as Yourself"; 7. The Balkan Orthodox Commonwealth; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index


Christos Mylonas Ph.D., is a political scientist/analyst, whose work and academic interests have revolved around the issues of nationalism, ethnicity and conflict resolution, with a focus on the area of the former Yugoslavia. A graduate of the University of London, he has taught at SSEES/UCL, participated in OSCE electoral missions in the Balkans, commented for the BBC World Service and collaborated with the United Nations (DPA/Americas and Europe Division), in New York.


"Its most important contribution is to elaborate how Serbian Orthodoxy forms a sense of holiness in creating autonomous ethnic religious structures, a lineage of ethnic saints drawn from the ruling dynasty, vernacular scriptures and ceremonies, that then construct a sacred history, focusing on the Kosovo myth."--John Hutchinson, London School of Economics
EAN: 9789639241619
ISBN: 963924161X
Untertitel: The Quest for an Eternal Identity. HC gerader Rücken kaschiert. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Central European University Press
Erscheinungsdatum: Mai 2003
Seitenanzahl: 316 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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