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Political Hesychasm in the Danubian Principalities

The project investigates the theological and historical context of hesychasm in the Byzantine southeastern European cultural region in the 14th to the 16th centuries by employing the new working concept of so-called "political hesychasm".
Firstly, the project investigates the transition from a monkish mystical movement to the emergence of a new model of order, the so-called Orthodox Commonwealth. The connection between mysticism and politics, which has remained under-researched to date, is the systematic part of the project. The new model of order was an effort to reintegrate the southeastern European orthodoxies in the context of the vanishing state infrastructure of the Byzantine Empire. Transfer and integration occurred through monkish, scholarly and familial networks, which were interwoven in, encompassed and connected the Byzantine Greek, southern Slavic and Wallachian worlds. The focus of investigation is on the modes in which such dynamics of confessional formation and confessional integration manifested themselves in the politics, society and religion of the Danubian Principalities of Moldavia and Wallachia from the foundation of the metropolitan seats to the end of the reign of the so-called hesychast prince Neagoe Basarab (1512-1521).