Maria Constantinidou
Secularisation in Cyprus
Abstract
This paper concerns the religiosity of the Greek-Cypriot population. With the main secularisation narrative focusing largely on Western nations, this paper seeks to unveil the relationship between modernity, religious and national identity, and the history of the Orthodox-Christian Church of Cyprus, in order to shed new light into the realities of one of the most religious countries in Europe. It also seeks to establish that the Republic of Cyprus is undergoing a secularising phase in the late 20thand early 21stcenturies. The method of oral history analysis is employed to reveal the changing perceptions and cultural narratives on religion and the Church found within the Cypriot society.
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