Monday, October 3, 2011
The Orthodox Church and Russian Politics
Papkova traces the Church's relative failure in mobilizing parishioners, influencing political parties, and lobbying the state, citing the 1997 law limiting religious freedoms as its only significant political win. She attributes much of this weakness to the informal division of the Church into liberal, traditionalist, and fundamentalist factions, which prevents it from presenting a unified front. Providing a fresh insight into the role of the Church in Post-Soviet Russia, the book speaks across disciplines to political science, sociology, anthropology, history, and religious studies. "
The author Irina Papkova is Professor of International Relations and European Studies at the Central European University in Budapest.
See Oxford University Press