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The Everyday of Religion and Politics in the Balkans

Abstract : The deeply social and political significance of religion becomes apparent when looking at how different religious traditions can challenge coexistence and toler ance in everyday life.1 Ideology-expressed in discourse and doctrine/ religious meaning, and moral values3-undergirds identity politics. As such, it is import ant to understand the place of religion in the social organization and transform ation of a given society. 4 Above all, discriminatory and stereotyping ideologies behind the categorizing processes of religious affiliations are inherent to any context, whether local, regional, or international.5 Southeast Europe provides a colorful display of the relationship between religion and politics at the level of religious leaders, state actors, intellectual elites, and ordinary people in everyday interactions. Th e importance of native language in religious offices and the pas sion for historical incursions in the everyday life of public discussions-in print media and online networks-shows the intricate interconnectedness of religion and politics. In everyday conversation, people commonly raid history to their own end, convinced that religious movements and political movements have something in common. Historical Incursions in Everyday Life People often repurpose history to legitimate their view of how the world was, is, and should be. Though such forays into history may seem innocent, often their impact on political and everyday life is not. In February 2012, the Vati can organized a world conference to commemorate the 1,700th anniversary of the Battle of the Milvian Bridge (O ctober 28, 312) and the legacy of Emperor Constantine's conversion to Christianity. In October 2013, the Serbian Orthodox Church also organized in Nish, the birthplace of Constantine, an even larger world conference to commemorate the importance of the Edict of Milan, in which Constantine established th e Christian movement as another official reli gion of the Roman Empire. The st ory of Constantine's acceptance of Christianity became important both to the growth of early Christianity and to the growth of Constantine's power, but it also embedded a narrative of providence within a
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Albert Doja. The Everyday of Religion and Politics in the Balkans. David Montgomery. Everyday Life in the Balkans, Indiana University Press, pp.321-335, 2019, 978-0-253-02617-0. ⟨10.2307/j.ctv80cbk7.36⟩. ⟨halshs-01931741⟩

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