The present study deals with the encounter with modernity in two neighbouring religious
spaces: Christian Orthodoxy and Islam. Relying on Eisenstadt’s theory about multiple
modernities and on its further developments by Thomas Mergel and Kristina Stoeckl, Islamic
and Christian-Orthodox dynamics in relation to the challenges of modernity are examined
under two aspects: first, the decoupling between religion and culture as elaborated by
Olivier Roy, and second, the development of modernist and fundamentalist currents as
phenomena of modernity. The study contributes to the sketching of the profile of Islamic and
the Christian-Orthodox modernities, pointing both to some of the commonalities and the
differences, and inquiring the nature of their distinctiveness. Further on, it contributes to the
theoretic discussion on modernity and its various, contextually shaped forms, shedding new
light on the relation between the trigger of social changes and their processual character.
CONTRIBUTION : Inside the Christian Orthodox and the Islamic religious space the decoupling
between religion and culture and the development of modernist and fundamentalist currents
are analysed as markers of the second modernity that arises from the encounter of the worlds
mentioned with the challenges of the first modernity.
Special Collection: Lucian Blaga University, Sibiu, Romania, sub-edited by Daniel Buda (Lucian Blaga University) and Jerry Pillay
(University of Pretoria).
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