The revival of the Russian Orthodox Church in the post-Communist period has been accompanied by its pronounced reassertion on the international scene. especially in Israel and Palestine, leading to the re-establishment of late Tsarist era-religious networks and associations and the re-emergence of controversies between the Moscow Patriarchate and the Russian Orthodox Church. The cumulative effect of this formal state- endorsed Russian return as a major religio-political and socio-cultural force in Israel and Palestine is starting also to have a preceptible effect on the shifting inter-religious relations and identity politics in the region and beyond.
Yuri Stoyanov is a member of the Department of the Near and Middle East, Faculty of Languages and Cultures in the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in the University of London.
He has lectured and published widely on various facets of the interaction between the theologies and soteriologies of Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam as well as the persisting interchanges between some of their heterodox and apocalyptic trends. He is the author of The Hidden Tradition in Europe (Penguin, London, 1994), The Other God (Yale UP, London & New York, 2000), assistant editor of Christian Dualist Heresies in the Byzantine World c.650-c.1450 (Manchester UP, Manchester & New York, 1998).
Stoyanov, who is a major expert of Byzantine Studies, is of a unique category of scholar who fully appreciates the legacy of ancient Persia in its various domains, including theology and Zoroastrianism and military history. There is a deep appreciation by Yuri Stoyanov of the interplay and mutual influences of the Romano-Byzantine and Iranian worlds in antiquity, a vast domain in which he sets the standard of academic inquiry and scholarship.