In europaischer Vergleichsperspektive nimmt die Religionsgeschichte der Albaner eine Sonderstellung ein. Sunnitischer Islam, der muslimische Derwischorden der Bektashi, das orthodoxe und das katholische Christentum haben sich seit dem Mittelalter zu einem vielschichtigen Zusammenleben zwischen friedlichem Nebeneinander und Phasen verstarkter Abgrenzung entwickelt. Die Volksrepublik Albanien war zudem im 20. Jahrhundert der einzige offiziell atheistische Staat der Welt. Dieser Band vermittelt einen Einblick in die Geschichte der Religionen und Konfessionen seit dem Mittelalter und behandelt zentrale Fragen des Verhaltnisses von Religion, Identitat und Gesellschaft."
A collection of the inspirational messages given all over the world by the Pope on his travels, divided into three parts, offers insights on such subjects as Evangelization and Global Politics, and New Evangelization: Toward the Millennium and Beyond.
For the first time, The Walls Behind the Curtain presents a collection of works from East European novelists, poets, playwrights, and essayists who wrote during or after their captivity under communism. Harold B. Segel paints a backdrop of the political culture and prison and labor camp systems of each country, detailing the onerous conditions that writers faced. Segel then offers biographical information on each writer and presents excerpts of their writing.
There has been a tendency to view the history of the Balkans as essentially determined by historical legacies. Whether in scholarly literature or in popular discourse, the Ottoman or Habsburg pasts are thought to be accountable for a large variety of phenomena ranging from democratic culture (or the lack thereof) and adaptability to a free market economy to nepotism and the filthiness of public facilities. By contrast, the papers in this volume demonstrate that "legacies" are not unchanging determinants. Instead, they are very much open to constant reinterpretations and re-assessments depending on conditions in the present; they are, in short, as much shaped by the present as they are by the past. (Series: Studien zur Geschichte, Kultur und Gesellschaft Sudosteuropas - Vol. 10)
From Botswana to Thailand, from Peru to Bosnia, the missionary work of the Catholic Church stretches from pole to pole, encompassing every part of the globe. Jozef Cardinal Tomko, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples from 1985 to 2001 under the late Pope John Paul II, shares his account of the many missionary journeys he made around the world. Often accompanying the Pope, Cardinal Tomko saw firsthand how the Church is dealing with the particular challenges of various cultures around the world. He gives witness to the flowering of faith as well as the hardships that many Catholics face in other countries. The encyclopedic knowledge of countries and peoples that the Cardinal possesses will enrich the reader's understanding of the world today, and show that the Roman Catholic Church is truly "one, holy, catholic, and apostolic." Lavishly Illustrated with color photographs