Religion and Politics in the Post-Soviet Russia (Example of Islam)

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In the article, the author uses the example of Islam to examine the interconfessional relations, developing in the Russian Federation in the context of return of religion and religious beliefs to public life (revival of religion). This process affects both institutional aspects (evolution of the state’s federal structure, political system, formation of civil society) and value aspects of religion, such as its influence on the political culture of society, ideology of federalism and change in the content of secularism of the state. J. Habermas’ theory of deliberative democracy, the concepts of post-secular society and federalism, as well as the civilizational approach are used as the methodological base of the research. The author justifies his conclusion about the necessity to ensure respect for religious values while preserving the secular nature of the Russian state as an asymmetric Federation.


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Yuriy M. Pochta

Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University)

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Email: pochta_yum@pfur.ru
Miklukho-Maklaya Str., 6, Moscow, Russian Federation, 117198

Doctor of Philosophy, Full Professor of the Department of Comparative Politics, Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University)

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