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Sacred Stories brings together the work of leading scholars writing on the history of religion and religiosity in late imperial Russia during the critical decades preceding the 1917 revolutions. Embodying new research and new methodologies, this book reshapes our understanding of the place of religion in modern Russian history. Topics examined include miraculous icons and healing, pilgrim narratives, confessions, women and Orthodox domesticity, marriage and divorce, conversion and tolerance, Jewish folk beliefs, mysticism in Russian art, and philosophical aspects of Orthodox religious thought. Sacred Stories demonstrates that belief, spirituality, and the sacred were powerful and complex cultural expressions central to Russian political, social, economic, and cultural life.

Contributors are Nicholas B. Breyfogle, Heather J. Coleman, Gregory L. Freeze, Nadieszda Kizenko, Alexei A. Kurbanovsky, Roy R. Robson, Bernice Glatzer Rosenthal, Gabriella Safran, Vera Shevzov, Sarah Abrevaya Stein, Mark Steinberg, Paul Valliere, William G. Wagner, Paul W. Werth, and Christine D. Worobec.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. vii
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  1. Introduction: Rethinking Religion in Modern Russian Culture
  2. pp. 1-21
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  1. 1. Miraculous Healings
  2. pp. 22-43
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  1. 2. Transforming Solovki: Pilgrim Narratives, Modernization, and Late Imperial Monastic Life
  2. pp. 44-60
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  1. 3. Scripting the Gaze: Liturgy, Homilies, and the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God in Late Imperial Russia
  2. pp. 61-92
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  1. 4. Written Confessions and the Construction of Sacred Narrative
  2. pp. 93-118
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  1. 5. “Orthodox Domesticity”: Creating a Social Role for Women
  2. pp. 119-145
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  1. 6. Profane Narratives about a Holy Sacrament: Marriage and Divorce in Late Imperial Russia
  2. pp. 146-178
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  1. 7. Arbiters of the Free Conscience: State, Religion, and the Problem of Confessional Transfer after 1905
  2. pp. 179-199
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  1. 8. Tales of Violence against Religious Dissidents in the Orthodox Village
  2. pp. 200-221
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  1. 9. Prayer and the Politics of Place: Molokan Church Building, Tsarist Law, and the Quest for a Public Sphere in Late Imperial Russia
  2. pp. 222-252
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  1. 10. Divining the Secular in the Yiddish Popular Press
  2. pp. 253-275
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  1. 11. Revolutionary Rabbis: Hasidic Legend and the Hero of Words
  2. pp. 276-303
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  1. 12. “A Path of Thorns”: The Spiritual Wounds and Wandering of Worker-Poets
  2. pp. 304-329
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  1. 13. A New Spirituality: The Confluence of Nietzsche and Orthodoxy in Russian Religious Thought
  2. pp. 330-357
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  1. 14. Malevich’s Mystic Signs: From Iconoclasm to New Theology
  2. pp. 358-376
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  1. 15. The Theology of Culture in Late Imperial Russia
  2. pp. 377-395
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  1. Further Reading
  2. pp. 397-401
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 403-404
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 405-420
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253116703
Related ISBN(s)
9780253347473
MARC Record
OCLC
191953413
Pages
432
Launched on MUSE
2012-02-08
Language
English
Open Access
No
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