Boris Falikov

Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Russian State University for the Humanities
Miusskaia ploshad’ 6/2
125993 Moscow, Russia

Boris Falikov graduated from the Faculty of Foreign Languages of Saratov Pedagogical Institute. In 1985, he defended a historical sciences PhD candidate’s thesis, Socio-political aspects of some religious movements in the US (Hinduism and Buddhism). He has worked in the Orientalist Institute with the Russian Academy of Sciences, in the Department of Comparative Cultural Studies, where he’s been studying the phenomenon of spreading of Hinduism and Buddhism in the Western culture. During the early 1990s, he has been lecturing at Lewis & Clark College, University of Georgetown and the University of Kansas. In 1997 – 1998, he was the OSCE expert on issues of freedom of religion. Since 1999, he is an assistant professor at Russian State University for the Humanities (RSUH). He teaches at the RSUH Center of Religious Studies and is Head of the International Department of Culture newspaper. Falikov`s publications include: Religion as part of political life in the US (1985), Neo-Hinduism and the Western culture (1994), Christianity and other religions (1999), Cults and culture: from Helena Blavatsky to Ron Hubbard (2007); Scientology: from science fiction to chimeras of new religion (2011) Science and religion; A non-dogmatic moralist (2013); Sovereign islam (2013) Gazeta.ruOccultism, Oriental Religions and the Art of the 20th Century (NLO Publishing House, 2017).

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