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

Spring 2023

RELI0335A-S23 Seminar

Spring 2018

RELI0335A-S18 Seminar (Gebarowski-Shafer)

Spring 2015

RELI0335A-S15 Seminar (Gebarowski-Shafer)

Fall 2012

RELI0335A-F12 Seminar (Gebarowski-Shafer)

Spring 2007

RELI0335A-S07 Seminar (Asiedu)