Dynamics in state-religion relations in postcommunist Central Eastern Europe and Russia

The contribution aims to provide an exposition of the recent dynamics in state-religion relations in Central Eastern Europe (specifically in Hungary, Lithuania, and Slovakia) and Russia through the prism of the typology of modes of governance of religious diversity. Additionally, the present researc...

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Published in:Religion, state & society
Authors: Vekony, Daniel ; Iliyasov, Marat ; Račius, Egdūnas 1973-
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Routledge 2022
In: Religion, state & society
Year: 2022, Volume: 50, Issue: 4, Pages: 415-435
Further subjects:B state-religion relations
B governance of religious diversity
B Eastern Europe
B postcommunist Europe
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Summary:The contribution aims to provide an exposition of the recent dynamics in state-religion relations in Central Eastern Europe (specifically in Hungary, Lithuania, and Slovakia) and Russia through the prism of the typology of modes of governance of religious diversity. Additionally, the present research complements this framework by taking into account the unique characteristics of Central and Eastern Europe and Russia. Though the countries of the region of Central Eastern Europe and Russia share much common history and recent experiences, the case studies analysed in this contribution reveal that state-religion relations and modes of governance of religious diversity nonetheless differ across countries. From a liberal secular perspective, adopted by the current authors, the dynamics of state-religion relations in this region look problematic. Of particular concern are state-Islam relations, which in some of the countries covered, namely Slovakia and Hungary, are already at a very low point, with Muslims (particularly of immigrant background) being increasingly securitised by the media, public, and the national political elites.
ISSN:1465-3974
Contains:Enthalten in: Religion, state & society
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1080/09637494.2022.2127591