The Role of Religion in Eastern Europe Today

  • Julia Gerlach
  • Jochen Töpfer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-8
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
  3. 1. Perspectives of Sociology

  4. 2. Law and Religion

  5. 3. The Political Interpretation of Religion

  6. 4. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. Julia Gerlach, Jochen Töpfer
      Pages 189-193
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 195-195

About this book


With the end of state-socialism, however, religion re-entered the public space, and in many Post-Socialist countries, religiosity and the role of religion increased significantly—particularly where it has been promoted in the process of state identity building. The authors explore the current role of religion in Eastern Europe, defined politically as the territory of the former socialist Eastern European countries. They use case studies and follow an interdisciplinary approach, tracing the field from the perspectives of political science, sociology, law, culture, and architecture/urban planning.



·        Perspectives of sociology

·        Law and religion

·        The political interpretation of religion


Target Groups:

·        Researchers and students in social sciences and political science

·        Practitioners in the field of religion and politics


The Editors:

Dr. Jochen Töpfer is juniorprofessor at the Institute for Sociology, Otto von Guericke Universität Magdeburg.

Dr. Julia Gerlach is research associate at the Institute for East-European Studies, Freie Universität Berlin.


Interdisziplinarität Konflikt Osteuropa Pluralismus Religion

Editors and affiliations

  • Julia Gerlach
    • 1
  • Jochen Töpfer
    • 2
  1. 1.BerlinGermany
  2. 2.MagdeburgGermany

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