Religious Pluralism and National Identity in Russia

Alexander Agadjanian

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Abstract

This article deals with the relationship between the Russian Orthodox religion and Russian national identity in the post-Soviet period. After an introductory historical outline, it addresses a number of questions relating to the issue of religious pluralism. It is argued that the "symbolic capital" of Russian Orthodoxy is incorporated in the "formulas of identity" in a number of different ways depending on their respective social and cultural carrier groups as well as on the "model of nation" to which they refer: civic, ethnic or imperial.

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Agadjanian, Alexander. Religious Pluralism and National Identity in Russia. IJMS: International Journal on Multicultural Societies. 2000, vol. 2, no.2, pp. 97-124. UNESCO. ISSN 1817-4574. www.unesco.org/shs/ijms/vol2/issue2/art2

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