Nation, religion and fundamentalism -- Orthodoxy and Serbian national identity -- Homo serbicus -- Pursuit of "secular" salvation -- Pursuit of "sacrificial" salvation -- "To love your neighbour as yourself" -- Balkan orthodox commonwealth
This book is a comprehensive exposition of the interaction of a national and a religious content, in the formation of a distinctive national identity and a mode of being. Its interdisciplinary approach, drawing on sociology, social anthropology, theology, political theory, Balkan historiography, and Serbian folklore, is deployed to provide a powerful and original analysis of how Serbian Orthodoxy has resulted in the sacralisation of the Serbian nation by framing the parameters of existence. Addresses the following question: what makes a Serb? Are meaningful assumptions possible by introducing Serbian Orthodoxy as the primal point of reference?
Includes bibliographical references (pages 249-273) and index