Serbian Orthodox Fundamentals: The Quest for an Eternal Identity

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Central European University Press, 2003 M01 1 - 298 pages
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This book is a comprehensive exposition of the interaction of a national (the Serbian people) and a religiou (the Orthodox Christian faith) content, in the formation of a distinctive national identity and a mode of being. Its interdisciplinary approach, drawing on sociology, social anthropology, theology, political theory, Balkan historiography, and Serbian folklore, is deployed to provide a powerful and original analysis of how Serbian Orthodoxy has resulted in the sacralisation of the Serbian nation by framing the parameters of its existence. Addresses the following questions: what 'makes' a Serb? Are meaningful assumptions possible by introducing Serbian Orthodoxy as the primal point of reference? Why does religion appear to have an especially strong appeal?
 

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Contents

Conclusion
98
Chapter Four THE PURSUIT OF SECULAR SALVATION
109
Vox Populi or Vox Dei?
110
Serbian Orthodoxy and Yugoslav Communism
115
Josip Broz Tito
119
The Serbian Monarchy
122
The Chetnik Movement
124
Slobodan Milosevic
125

Conclusion
23
Chapter Two ORTHODOXY AND SERBIAN NATIONAL IDENTITY
35
The Doctrinal Content of Orthodoxy
36
The Creation of Man in the Image and Likeness of God
38
The Triune GodFather Son and the Holy Spirit
39
The FunctionalCultusContent of Orthodoxy
41
The Role of the Orthodox Liturgy
42
The Normative Expressions of Orthodoxy
43
Baptism and Chrismation
44
The Eucharist
45
The Holy Matrimony of Marriage
46
Serbian Orthodoxy
47
The Foundations of the Serbian Orthodoxy
50
Orthodoxy as the Sacralisation of the Serbian Identity
54
Krsna Slava
56
The Religious Non Affinity of the Serbs
57
Conclusion
60
Chapter Three HOMO SERBICUS
73
Homo Serbicus Historical and Territorial Hypostases
78
The Love Ethic
82
Honour
83
The Concept of Heroism
85
The Concept of Freedom
87
The Concepts of Justice and Vengeance
88
The Zadruga
92
Kumstvo
93
Homo Serbicus Balkan Mentality
94
Homo Serbicus Mere Stereotypes?
96
Orthodoxy and the Culture of Power in Serbia
127
Serbian Orthodoxy and Democracy
130
Conclusion
134
Chapter Five THE PURSUIT OF SACRIFICIAL SALVATION
147
National Myths and Mythogenesis
148
The Kosovo Battle 1389
152
The Legend of Kosovo
154
The Continuous Dialogue between the Present and the Past
162
The Kosovo Sacrifice
165
Conclusion
168
Chapter Six TO LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOUR AS YOURSELF
179
Homo Homini Lupus
180
Instrumental Violence and Orthodoxy
184
The Serbian Warrior
189
The Distortion of Brotherhood and Unity
194
God of Life and Death
197
Homo et Femina Nervis Laborans Psychosis?
200
Conclusion
201
Chapter Seven THE BALKAN ORTHODOX COMMONWEALTH
213
The Greek Orthodoxy
215
The Bulgarian Orthodoxy
221
The Romanian Orthodoxy
227
Conclusion
232
CONCLUSION
241
BIBLIOGRAPHY
249
INDEX
275
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Christos Mylonas is a political analyst, whose work and academic interests have revolved around the issues of nationalism, ethnicity and conflict resolution, with a focus on the area of the former Yugoslavia. A graduate of the University of London, he has taught at SSEES/UCL, participated in OSCE electoral missions in the Balkans, commented for the BBC World Service and collaborated with the United Nations (DPA/Americas and Europe Division) in New York

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