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Global Eastern Orthodoxy

Politics, Religion, and Human Rights

  • Giuseppe Giordan
  • Siniša Zrinščak

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Human Rights Between Religion and Politics

  3. Orthodox Diaspora and Identity in the Global World

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 259-264

About this book


This volume highlights three intertwined aspects of the global context of Orthodox Christianity: religion, politics, and human rights. The chapters in Part I address the challenges of modern human rights discourse to Orthodox Christianity and examine conditions for active presence of Orthodox churches in the public sphere of plural societies. It suggests theoretical and empirical considerations about the relationship between politics and Orthodoxy by exploring topics such as globalization, participatory democracy, and the linkage of religious and political discourses in Russia, Greece, Belarus, Romania, and Cyprus. Part II looks at the issues of diaspora and identity in global Orthodoxy, presenting cases from Switzerland, America, Italy, and Germany. In doing so, the book ties in with the growing interest resulting from the novelty of socio-political, economic, and cultural changes which have forced religious groups and organizations to revise and redesign their own institutional structures, practices, and agendas.


Globalization and Eastern Orthodoxy Hybridization and innovation in Orthodox churches Demography of Global Orthodoxy Orthodox churches in diaspora and migration Eastern Orthodoxy and geopolitics Eastern Orthodoxy in international relations Pan-Orthodox Council in Crete Orthodox Human rights and inter-Orthodox dialogue Religious freedom and Eastern Orthodoxy Eastern Orthodoxy and human rights Tradition, Acculturation, and Hybridization among Old Believers

Editors and affiliations

  • Giuseppe Giordan
    • 1
  • Siniša Zrinščak
    • 2
  1. 1.University of PadovaPadovaItaly
  2. 2.University of ZagrebZagrebCroatia

About the editors

Giuseppe Giordan teaches Sociology of Religion and Religions and Human Rights at the University of Padova, Italy. From 2009 to 2013 he served as General Secretary of the International Society for the Sociology of Religion and is co-editor of the Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion. He is the Coordinator of the international joint PhD programme on “Human Rights, Society, and Multi-level Governance”.

Siniša Zrinščak teaches Sociology at the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb. He served as President of ISORECEA (International Study of Religion in Eastern and Central Europe Association) in the period 2006-2014, and as General Secretary of the International Society for the Sociology of Religion 2013-2017. He is associate editor in the European Journal of Social
Work and is member of Editorial Boards of several peer-review journals: Social Compass, Journal of Religion in Europe, Religion and Society in Central and Eastern Europe, etc.

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