“One’s Entire Life among Books”: Soviet Jewry on the Path from Tanakh to Library

The bibliocentrism of traditional Jewish culture is well known, and its various manifestations—the foundational role of the Tanakh for all Jewish literature, the place of Tanakh studies in religious education, the significance of education and bibliophilism in society, and the image and functions of

“Without Preachers, in a Corner of the Barracks”: Protestant “Barracks Congregations” in the Perm-Kama Region in the Second Half of the 1940s through the Early 1960s

This article examines the genesis and evolution of Protestant groups in the cities and workers’ settlements of the Perm-Kama Region from the 1940s to the early 1960s.

Magic in the Post-Soviet Space: Definitions, Sources, Verbal Markers

This article examines definitions of magic in the context of the humanities and shows how many working definitions are inaccurate. It proposes that we view magic as an umbrella term, the use of which depends on cultural context, and that the best way to approach the study of magic in the present is to determine its borders anew with regard to each particular culture, carefully examining whether a particular phenomenon belongs to the occult in that specific context.

A Post-Secular Conceptualization of Religion: Defining the Question

This piece lays out a new conception of religion applicable to contemporary post-secular conditions. In these conditions, neither the secular model of religion, typical of modernity, nor the pre-secular understanding of religion / religiosity comports with sociocultural reality. The article emphasizes that the secular understanding of premodern religion distorts religion’s nature by allotting it a fixed and therefore limited place in line with the idea and practice of functional differentiation typical of modern European societies.


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