Orthodox Christian Communities in Central and South Asia

Dr. Romina Istratii – Associate Research Editor @ COS – 27/5/19

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This essay engages with contemporary Orthodox (Chalcedonian) and Oriental Orthodox (pre-Chalcedonian) Christian communities in central and south Asia. It includes the Russian Orthodox populations of the former Soviet republics in Central Asia, the Syrian Orthodox and the Indian Orthodox of Kerala, India and the Armenian Orthodox in the former Soviet republics, India and Iran. The essay is one of the specialist essays of Volume 3 of the Edinburgh Companions to Global Christianity dedicated to South and Central Asia, published in April 2019. Information about the Edinburgh Companions to Global Christianity series may be found here: https://edinburghuniversitypress.com/book-christianity-in-south-and-central-asia-hb.html

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About the Autor

Romina Istratii is a Dr. of History, Religions, and Philosophies, having recently completed successfully her Ph.D. at SOAS, University of London. Her  Ph.D. project was an interdisciplinary study of conjugal abuse realities and attitudes in the Ethiopian Orthodox Täwahәdo community of Aksum in Northern Ethiopia. The research combined anthropological methodologies with a theology-informed study to explore the interface of conjugal abuse with religious parameters and the prospects of alleviating the problem with reference to theological discourses and the clergy’s pastoral meditation.

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