Religion and Society in the Caucasus: Post-Soviet Dynamics


Islamism and the New Disintegration of Empires

In this interview, Georgi Derluguian discusses the reasons of Islamism’s popularity in the context of collapse of two great projects of the West — liberalism and communism. He pays special attention to organizational peculiarity of Islam, which allows this religion to lead successful wars against powerful empires. People who find this ideology attractive are not “new barbarians”; on the contrary, we are dealing with modern socially active people, whose access to social lifts has been blocked.

“Alanian Princess, Princess of Vladimir”: Maria Yasynia, Russian-Ossetian Connections, and Conservative Family Values

This article is devoted to a canonization initiative — to bring the local (Vladimir diocese) saint, Maria Shvarnovna (Yasynia) (c. 1158–1206), grandmother of Alexander Nevsky, to the Church-wide veneration. Maria Yasynia is seen to be of Alanian (Ossetian) origin, and hence the great interest to her personality among Orthodox activists in today’s North Ossetia-Alania, as well as among some people from local government and Moscow ecclesiastical establishment.


Gutierrez, Cathy (ed.) (2015) Handbook of Spiritualism and Channeling. Leiden, Boston: Brill. — 512 p.

Rakhmanin, A.Yu. et al. (eds) (2016) Religiovedenie: uchebnik i praktikum dlia akademicheskogo bakalavriata [The Study of Religion: Textbook and Practical Work for Academic Bachelor Students]. Moscow: Iurait. — 307 p. (In Russian)

Debates about Innate Religiosity in the Cognitive Science of Religion

Ethnos, Nation, Religion: Recent Scholarship and Societal Processes in the South Caucasus

The Church In-Between: Armenian Catholics in Post-Soviet Armenia and Georgia

Cohesion of Religious Communities in the Situation of Conflict: A Case Study of Confrontations around Imam in a Dagestani Village

«Praying Youth» as a Subculture of the Kabardino-Balkar Society