Table of Contents

Introduction-- Andrii Krawchuk PART I: THE ECCLESIAL SELF: TRADITIONAL IDENTITIES AND THE CHALLENGES OF PLURALISM 1. Russian Orthodoxy between State and Nation-- Jennifer Wasmuth 2. Morality and Patriotism: Continuity and Change in Russian Orthodox Occidentalism since the Soviet Era-- Alfons Bruning 3. The Bulgarian Orthodox Church at the Crossroads: Between Nationalism and Pluralism-- Daniela Kalkandjieva 4. The Search for a new Church Consciousness in current Russian Orthodox Discourse-- Anna Briskina-Muller PART II: PERCEPTIONS OF THE RELIGIOUS OTHER: DIFFERENCE AND CONVERGENCE 5. Between Admiration and Refusal - Roman Catholic Perceptions of Orthodoxy-- Thomas Bremer 6. Apostolic Continuity in Contradiction to Liberalism? Fields of Tension between Churches in the East and the West-- Dagmar Heller 7. The Image of the Roman-Catholic Church in the Orthodox Press of Romania, 1918-1940-- Ciprian Ghisa 8. 'Oh, East is East, and West is West...:' The Character of Orthodox - Greek-Catholic Discourse in Ukraine and its Regional Dimensions-- Natalia Kochan PART III: ORTHODOX CRITIQUES OF THE WEST 9. 'The Barbarian West': A Form of Orthodox Christian Anti-Western Critique-- Vasilios N. Makrides 10. Anti-western Theology in Greece and Serbia Today-- Julia Anna Lis 11. The Russian Orthodox Church on the Values of Modern Society-- Regina Elsner PART IV: ENCOUNTERS WITH EUROPEAN VALUES 12. Eastern Orthodoxy and the Processes of European Integration-- Tina Olteanu and Dorothee de Neve 13. The Russian Orthodox Church's Interpretation of European Legal Values (1990-2011)-- Mikhail Zherebyatyev 14. The Russian Orthodox Church in a new Situation in Russia: Challenges and Responses-- Olga Kazmina PART V: PROSPECTS FOR RELIGIOUS ENCOUNTER, CONSENSUS AND COOPERATION 15. Neopatristic Synthesis and Ecumenism: Toward the 'Reintegration' of Christian Tradition-- Matthew Baker 16. Justification in the Theological Conversations Between Representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church and the Protestant Churches in Germany-- Christoph Muhl 17. Constructing Interreligious Consensus in the Post-Soviet Space: the Ukrainian Council of Churches and Religious Organizations-- Andrii Krawchuk PART VI: EMERGING ENCOUNTERS AND NEW CHALLENGES IN POST-SOVIET CENTRAL ASIA 18. Muslim-Orthodox Relations in Russia: Contextual Readings of A Common Word-- Andrii Krawchuk 19. Radical Islam in the Ferghana Valley-- Galina M. Yemelianova 20. Uzbek Islamic Extremists in the Civil Wars of Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan: From Radical Islamic Awakening in the Ferghana Valley to Terrorism with Islamic Vocabulary in Waziristan-- Michael Fredholm. From diverse international and multi-disciplinary perspectives, the contributors to this volume analyze the experiences, challenges and responses of Orthodox Churches to the foundational transformations associated with the dissolution of the USSR. From diverse international and multi-disciplinary perspectives, the contributors to this volume analyze the experiences, challenges and responses of Orthodox churches to the foundational transformations associated with the dissolution of the USSR. Those transformations heightened the urgency of questions about Orthodox identity and relations with the world - states, societies, and the religious and cultural other. The volume focuses on six distinct concepts: Orthodox identity, perceptions of the 'other,' critiques of the West, European values, interreligious progress, and new and uncharted challenges that have arisen with the expansion of Russian Orthodox activity.