Cover Osteuropa 7-10/2015

In Osteuropa 7-10/2015

State, Religion and Nation in Georgia

Oliver Reisner

Deutsche Fassung


Georgia’s Orthodox Church propagates a national-religious Georgian identity. In doing so, it has gained influence in recent years. Firmly anchored in society, it is able to exercise political pressure as well. It could not prevent the adaptation of the Georgian legal system to European standards, for instance, the adoption of an anti-discrimination law or the legal recognition of other religious communities. But with its mission against a liberal and multi-confessional society, it provokes conflicts, no matter whether it sees Georgian society threatened by the Muslims of Adjara or by people with a homosexual orientation.

(Osteuropa 7-10/2015, pp. 93–112)