Islam in Post-Communist Eastern Europe

Between Churchification and Securitization


In Islam in Post-communist Eastern Europe: Between Churchification and Securitization Egdūnas Račius reveals how not only the governance of religions but also practical politics in post-communist Eastern Europe are permeated by the strategies of churchification and securitization of Islam. Though most Muslims and the majority of researchers of Islam hold to the view that there may not be church in Islam, material evidence suggests that the representative Muslim religious organizations in many Eastern European countries have been effectively turned into ecclesiastical-bureaucratic institutions akin to nothing less than ‘national Muslim Churches’. As such, these ‘national Muslim Churches’ themselves take an active part in securitization, advanced by both non-Muslim political and social actors, of certain forms of Islamic religiosity.

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Egdūnas Račius, Ph.D. (2004), University of Helsinki, is Professor in Islamic Studies at Vytautas Magnus University, and Senior Researcher in the project Post-secular Condition at Vilnius University, Lithuania. His research focuses on Eastern European Muslim communities. He is the author of Muslims in Eastern Europe (Edinburgh University Press, 2018).
Introduction: What? The Churchification of Islam; Where? In Eastern Europe
1. Notions of Church
2. Islam in minority (diaspora) contexts
3. Key concepts in the regimes of governance of religion in Europe
4. State-church relations in Eastern Europe: an overview
5. Three levels of (non)accommodation of Islam in Eastern Europe
6. Bottom-up view: dynamics in the Islamic field
Conclusions: the winners, the losers, and the prospects
All interested in the development and governance of Islam in Eastern Europe, and anyone concerned state-religion relations and the state of religious freedom in the region.