RELIGION IN THE POST CONFLICT MACEDONIAN SOCIETY

Zoran MATEVSKI

Abstract


Religion is capable of mobilizing the social groups wishing to exercise power and influence in the Macedonian post conflict society, in which they feel marginalized. Hence, the identity crisis makes religious fundamentalism the most prevalent and most controversial ideology of contemporary times. The question which inevitably arises is: does the religious fundamentalism of the citizens adhering to different religions
contribute to the incitement or mitigation of conflicts? R. Macedonia has lost its primacy as an ideal example of religious and ethnic coexistence. It is of essential and priority importance to find mechanisms, which, in conditions of crisis, divisions, conflicts and religious intolerance, would assume the role of instigators for spreading and proclaiming the positive norms and values. But using the revitalization of religion and the deep crisis of secularization, the political elites in the Macedonian state misused the religious feelings of their own citizens for the accomplishment of their goals and dark scenarios. After the conflicts ended with the mediation of the international community, R. Macedonia entered in a so-called post conflict period. From that moment on the political and religious elite started with the realization of the processes of interethnic and interreligious tolerance, a priority for the entrance in EU and NATO.
Keywords: post conflict society; religious fundamentalism; religious tolerance

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