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Sacred Places, Emerging Spaces

Religious Pluralism in the Post-Soviet Caucasus

Edited by Tsypylma Darieva, Florian Mühlfried, & Kevin Tuite

242 pages, 26 illus., bilbiog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-782-6 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Not Yet Published (February 2018)

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“This volume shares in a rich resurgence of writing on religious activity across the former Soviet Union and particularly in areas of the Caucasus, offering sharp insight on arguably most popular religious traditions, shrine pilgrimage, about which we know surprisingly little The editors have gathered the highly qualified scholars for the task, including a number of specialists from the Caucasus proper.” · Bruce Grant, New York University

Though long-associated with violence, the Caucasus is a region rich with religious conviviality. Based on fresh ethnographies in Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and the Russian Federation, Sacred Places, Emerging Spaces discusses vanishing and emerging sacred places in the multi-ethnic and multi-religious post-Soviet Caucasus. In exploring the effects of de-secularization, growing institutional control over hybrid sacred sites, and attempts to review social boundaries between the religious and the secular, these essays give way to an emergent Caucasus viewed from the ground up: dynamic, continually remaking itself, within shifting and indefinite frontiers.

Tsypylma Darieva is a Senior Researcher and Lecturer at Humboldt University Berlin, Institute for Asia and Africa Studies. She is the co-editor of Urban Spaces after Socialism: Ethnographies of Public Places in Eurasian Cities (Campus, 2011).

Florian Mühlfried lives and teaches in Abkhazia. Previously, he was a guest lecturer in Georgia, a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, a visiting professor at UNICAMP, Brazil and an assistant professor at the university of Jena. He is the author of Being a State and States of Being in Highland Georgia (Berghahn, 2014).

Kevin Tuite is Professor of Anthropology at the Université de Montréal. He also directed the Caucasus Studies program at the FSU-Jena from 2011 to 2014. His publications include Language, Culture and Society: Key Topics in Linguistic Anthropology (co-edited with Christine Jourdan) (Cambridge, 2006).

Subject: General Anthropology Religion Sociology
Area: Asia Central/Eastern Europe

BISAC: REL084000 RELIGION/Religion, Politics & State; SOC002010 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Anthropology/Cultural; POL005000 POLITICAL SCIENCE/Political Ideologies/Communism & Socialism

BIC: HRLM Religious life & practice; JHMC Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography




Contents

List of Illustrations

Introduction
Tsypylma Darieva, Florian Mühlfried and Kevin Tuite

Chapter 1. Between ‘Great’ and ‘Little Traditions? Situating Shia Saints in Contemporary Baku
Tsypylma Darieva

Chapter 2. Women as Bread-bakers and Ritual-makers: Gender, Visibility and Sacred Space in Upper Svaneti
Nino Tserediani, Kevin Tuite and Paata Bukhrashvili

Chapter 3. The Chain of Seven Pilgrimages in Kotaik, Armenia: Between Folk and Official Christianity
Levon Abrahamian, Zaruhi Hambardzumyan, Gayane Shagoyan, and Gohar Stepanyan

Chapter 4. Sacred Sites in the Western Caucasus and the Black Sea Region: Typology, Hybridization, Functioning
Igor V. Kuznetsov

Chapter 5. The Power of the Shrine and Creative Performances in Ingiloy Sacred Rituals
Nino Aivazishvili-Gehne

Chapter 6. Accompanying the Souls of the Dead: The Transformation of Sacral Time and Encounters
Hege Toje

Chapter 7. Not Sharing the Sacra
Florian Mühlfried

Chapter 8. Informal Shrines and Social Transformations: The Murids as New Religious Mediators among Yezidis in Armenia
Hamlet Melkumyan

Chapter 9. Sharing the Not-Sacred: Rabati and Displays of Multiculturalism
Silvia Serrano

Bibliography
Index

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