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Religiosity of students of Ulyanovsk State Pedagogical University: the experience of sociological research

A.K. Udiatullov
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UDC 2:316.4

https://doi.org/10.20339/AM.11-21.020

 

A.K. Udiatullov is PhD (History), Prof. of Department of Geography and Ecology at Ulyanovsk State Pedagogical University n.a. I.N. Ulyanov e-mail: AzKoIdiat@yandex.ru

 

Presented is analysis of religiosity of students of the Ulyanovsk State Pedagogical University, by which the author understands a complex category that includes religious and confessional self-identification, a set of institutional religious ideas, the degree of involvement in real religious practice and syncretic formations that arose in the course of interfaith and intercultural interaction. The empirical base of the study was made up of materials from a mass Internet survey, in which 1316 people took part — students studying in various specialties. The choice of students of the Ulyanovsk pedagogical university as an object of research is due to the specificity of the world outlook of student youth, the strengthening of the role of religion in the system of domestic higher education in the last decade, as well as the specificity of the Ulyanovsk region in ethno-confessional terms. In terms of confessional affiliation, 68.2% identified themselves as Christianity, 15.7% as Islam. In addition, 47.6% of the respondents consider themselves to be believers. At the same time, a relatively small part of the respondents demonstrates a high degree of involvement in religious life. In particular, only 2% of the Christians surveyed attend church every week. In addition, the study revealed that among some of the respondents non-institutional religious beliefs associated with magic, as well as beliefs associated with the influence of other religions, appear in their religious consciousness. For example, some Muslims consider Jesus to be God, which can be explained by the influence of Christian culture.

Key words: religiosity, students, survey, confessional identification, Christians, Muslims.

 

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