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From once-dominant minority to historical Christian outpost on the southern Caspian: Azerbaijan’s Orthodox Christians

Bruno De Cordier (UGent) and Cristina Boboc (UGent)
(2017) CENTRAL ASIAN AFFAIRS. 4(4). p.358-383
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Based on field observations and an empirical survey on religion and identity that was conducted among the Slavic Orthodox population in the wider Baku area and in Ganja, this article examines the identity and social position of this community, now the country’s main Christian population group. While earlier research on the nominally Christian Slavic groups in the Caspian–Central Asian space tended to concentrate on ethnolinguistic and political issues, this research focuses on religious identification, religious practice, and the status of the Orthodox Church. Numbering just 1.5 percent of the population, the Orthodox Christian community in Azerbaijan is nearing extinction due to its aging membership. Nonetheless, Orthodox Christianity will keep a presence in the country and its society, although it could attract a more heterogeneous following.
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Azerbaijan, Christian minorities in Islamic societies, Orthodox Christianity, Slavic minorities in Soviet successor states, social identity, Southern Caucasus-Caspian, CERISE

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De Cordier, Bruno, and Cristina Boboc. “From Once-dominant Minority to Historical Christian Outpost on the Southern Caspian: Azerbaijan’s Orthodox Christians.” CENTRAL ASIAN AFFAIRS 4.4 (2017): 358–383. Print.
APA
De Cordier, B., & Boboc, C. (2017). From once-dominant minority to historical Christian outpost on the southern Caspian: Azerbaijan’s Orthodox Christians. CENTRAL ASIAN AFFAIRS, 4(4), 358–383.
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De Cordier, Bruno, and Cristina Boboc. 2017. “From Once-dominant Minority to Historical Christian Outpost on the Southern Caspian: Azerbaijan’s Orthodox Christians.” Central Asian Affairs 4 (4): 358–383.
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De Cordier, Bruno, and Cristina Boboc. 2017. “From Once-dominant Minority to Historical Christian Outpost on the Southern Caspian: Azerbaijan’s Orthodox Christians.” Central Asian Affairs 4 (4): 358–383.
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De Cordier B, Boboc C. From once-dominant minority to historical Christian outpost on the southern Caspian: Azerbaijan’s Orthodox Christians. CENTRAL ASIAN AFFAIRS. 2017;4(4):358–83.
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B. De Cordier and C. Boboc, “From once-dominant minority to historical Christian outpost on the southern Caspian: Azerbaijan’s Orthodox Christians,” CENTRAL ASIAN AFFAIRS, vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 358–383, 2017.
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  abstract     = {Based on field observations and an empirical survey on religion and identity that was 
conducted among the Slavic Orthodox population in the wider Baku area and in   Ganja, 
this article examines the identity and social position of this community, now the 
country’s main Christian population group. While earlier research on the   nominally 
Christian Slavic groups in the Caspian–Central Asian space tended to concentrate on 
ethnolinguistic and political issues, this research focuses on religious identification, 
religious practice, and the status of the Orthodox Church. Numbering just 1.5 percent
of the population, the Orthodox Christian community in Azerbaijan is nearing extinction due to its aging membership. Nonetheless, Orthodox Christianity will keep a presence in the country and its society, although it could attract a more heterogeneous following.},
  author       = {De Cordier, Bruno and Boboc, Cristina},
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  journal      = {CENTRAL ASIAN AFFAIRS},
  keywords     = {Azerbaijan,Christian minorities in Islamic societies,Orthodox  Christianity,Slavic  minorities in Soviet successor states,social identity,Southern Caucasus-Caspian,CERISE},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {358--383},
  title        = {From once-dominant minority to historical Christian outpost on the southern Caspian: Azerbaijan’s Orthodox Christians},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/22142290-00404003},
  volume       = {4},
  year         = {2017},
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