Religion in the Social and Political Life of Modern Russia: a Review of the Monography “Religion in Modern Russia: Contexts and Discussions”

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The review reveals the main topics described in the monograph "Religion in modern Russia: contexts and discussions", published in 2019. The review examines the role of religion in the modern social and political life of Russia, the development of relations between the religious organizations and Russian state and society, the special features of the inter-religious dialogue in Russia, as well as the theoretical framework for studying the relationship between religion and the public sphere in the modern world. Modern political science pays mounting attention to the socio-cultural dimension and cultural and civilizational aspects of politics, overcoming the paradigm of modernity and the idea of linearity of political processes. Religion begins to act as one of the most important factors influencing the sphere of politics. In the current situation, when political processes are inherently post-secular, while the methods of describing them are still secular, it becomes necessary to develop new theoretical and methodological tools for studying the relationship between religion and politics. The review touches upon a possible theoretical framework for describing the role of religion in contemporary politics. The authors also pay attention to the role of religion in the formation of group identity, the socially significant functions of religious organizations, the role of religion in transmitting the most important values to wide sections of society. The review pays special attention to the problems of interreligious relations, as well as the relationship between religion and politics in Russia, emphasizes the important role of religion in resolving a number of problems in Russian society, where, in the context of the historically established coexistence of various religions and confessions, building interreligious and interconfessional dialogue is particularly important.


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Vladimir N. Amelin

Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University)

Author for correspondence.
Email: amelin-vn@rudn.ru
6, Miklukho-Maklaya St, Moscow, 117198, Russian Federation

PhD in Political Science, Associate Professor, Department of Comparative Politics, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Arusyak Levonovna Hovhannisyan

Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University)

Email: oganesyan-al@rudn.ru
6, Miklukho-Maklaya St, Moscow, 117198, Russian Federation

Assistant Lecturer, Department of Comparative Politics, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

References

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  4. Religion in modern Russia: contexts and discussions. Mchedlova M. (ed.) Moscow: RUDN, 2019 (In Russ.).
  5. Berger P.L. Le réenchantement du monde. Paris, Fayard; 2001 (In French).

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