Middlebury

RELI 0335

Saints, Heathens, Heretics

Saints, Heathens and Heretics: Belief and Unbelief in Imperial Russia
Though Orthodox Christianity is often viewed as synonymous with Russian culture, the Russian Empire was home to a dizzying array of religious faiths, including Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and varying forms of Christianity. Through primary and secondary source analysis (including textual, visual and aural sources), we will explore the challenges and opportunities this multi-confessional reality posed to Russia’s rulers and the official Orthodox Church. We will also probe the question of what religious faith (in its multiple iterations) meant for subjects from across the social strata and geographic expanse of the empire. How did one lead a spiritually fulfilled life? How did members of different religious faiths interact? What was the relationship between religious and ethnic identities? 3 hrs sem.
Subject:
Religion
Department:
Religion
Division:
Humanities
Requirements Fulfilled:
CMP HIS PHL
Equivalent Courses:

Sections in Spring 2015

Spring 2015

RELI0335A-S15 Seminar (Gebarowski-Shafer)