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Title Of religion and empire : missions, conversion, and tolerance in Tsarist Russia / edited by Robert P. Geraci and Michael Khodarkovsky
Published Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2001


Description 1 online resource (vi, 356 pages) : illustrations, map
Contents Rescuing the Orthodox : the church policies of Archbishop Afanasii of Kholmogory, 1682-1702 / Georg Michels -- Orthodox missionaries and "Orthodox heretics" in Russia, 1886-1917 / J. Eugene Clay -- Between Rome and Tsargrad : the Uniate Church in Imperial Russia / Theodore R. Weeks -- State policies and the conversion of Jews in Imperial Russia / John D. Klier -- The conversion of non-Christians in early modern Russia / Michael Khodarkovsky -- Big candles and "internal conversion" : the Mari Animist Reformation and its Russian appropriations / Paul W. Werth -- Russian Orthodox missionaries at home and abroad: the case of Siberian and Alaskan indigenous peoples / Sergei Kan -- The Orthodox Church, Lamaism, and Shamanism among the Buriats and Kalmyks, 1825-1925 / Dittmar Schorkowitz -- Colonial dilemmas : Russian policies in the Muslim Caucasus / Firouzeh Mostashari -- The role of Tatar and Kriashen women in the transmission of Islamic knowledge, 1800-1870 / Agnes Kefeli -- Going abroad or going to Russia? : Orthodox missionaries in the Kazakh Steppe, 1881-1917 / Robert P. Geraci -- Conversion to the new faith: Marxism-Leninism and Muslims in the Soviet Empire / Shoshana Keller
Summary Russia's ever-expanding imperial boundaries encompassed diverse peoples and religions. Yet Russian Orthodoxy remained inseparable from the identity of the Russian empire-state, which at different times launched conversion campaigns not only to "save the souls" of animists and bring deviant Orthodox groups into the mainstream, but also to convert the empire's numerous Muslims, Buddhists, Jews, Catholics, and Uniates. This book is the first to investigate the role of religious conversion in the long history of Russian state building. How successful were the Church and the state in proselytizing among religious minorities? How were the concepts of Orthodoxy and Russian nationality shaped by the religious diversity of the empire? What was the impact of Orthodox missionary efforts on the non-Russian peoples, and how did these peoples react to religious pressure? In chapters that explore these and other questions, this book provides geographical coverage from Poland and European Russia to the Caucasus, Central Asia, Siberia, and Alaska. The editors' introduction and conclusion place the twelve original essays in broad historical context and suggest patterns in Russian attitudes toward religion that range from attempts to forge a homogeneous identity to tolerance of complexity and diversity. Contributors: Eugene Clay, Arizona State University; Robert P. Geraci, University of Virginia; Sergei Kan, Dartmouth College; Agnes Kefeli, Arizona State University; Shoshana Keller, Colgate University; Michael Khodarkovsky, Loyola University, Chicago; John D. Klier, University College, London; Georg Michels, University of California, Riverside; Firouzeh Mostashari, Regis College; Dittmar Schorkowitz, Free University, Berlin; Theodore Weeks, Southern Illinois University; Paul W. Werth, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Russkai︠a︡ pravoslavnai︠a︡ t︠s︡erkovʹ -- Missions -- History
Russkai︠a︡ pravoslavnai︠a︡ t︠s︡erkovʹ -- History
SUBJECT Russkai︠a︡ pravoslavnai︠a︡ t︠s︡erkovʹ fast (OCoLC)fst00540279
Subject Religion and state -- Russia -- History
Church and state -- Russia -- History
RELIGION -- Christianity -- Orthodox.
Church and state.
Religion and state.
Expansie (macht)
SUBJECT Russia -- Religion
Russia -- Church history.
Subject Russia.
Genre/Form Church history.
Form Electronic book
Author Geraci, Robert P., editor.
Khodarkovsky, Michael, 1955- editor.
ISBN 9781501724305