Christians of the Middle East

The Middle East is a mosaic of three great religions. The actual tense religio-political situation is perceived as threatening to many people and religious groups. Many Christians are leaving the region. In this course we will study the religious landscape of the region with particular focus on the Christian churches in the past and present. We will also study the efforts of religious dialogue that is made. A field study is included in the course with visits to churches and areas where Middle Eastern Christians are praying and living. See below.

Ahlstrand, Kajsa & Gunner, Göran (red.), 2009: Non-Muslims in Muslim majority societies: with focus on the Middle East and Pakistan. Eugene, Or.: Pickwick Publications. Serie: Church of Sweden research series, 2. (166 p).

Ateek, Naim S., 2017. A Palestinian Theology of Liberation: The Bible, Justice, and the Palestine-Israel Conflict. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books. (190 p).

Bailey, Betty Jane & Bailey, J. Martin, 2003. Who are the Christians in the Middle East? Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans. (215 p).
Alternative in Swedish:
Mattsson, Matts, 2017. Status Quo? En berättelse om ockupation, motstånd och solidaritet i Palestina och Israel. Stockholm: Daidalos. (207 s)
Mellanösterns kristna – en introduktion för Svenska kyrkans församlingar och anställda. Uppsala: Svenska kyrkan. (60 s) Available online:

Jenkins, Philip, 2009. The Lost History of Christianity: The Thousand-Year Golden Age of the Church in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia–and How It Died. New York: HarperOne. (336 p).

Kairos Palestine A Moment of Truth. A Word of Faith, Hope, and Love from the Heart of the Palestinian Suffering. (16 p).

Raheb, Mitri, 2014. Faith in the Face of the Empire. The Bible Through Palestinian Eyes. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books. (130 p).

The Sabeel Survey on Palestinian Christians in The West Bank and Israel, 2006. Jerusalem: Sabeel Ecumenical Theology Center. (93 p).

Literature last revised on October 11, 2017.

The schedule is available at the latest one month before the course starts. We do not recommend that you print the schedule as some changes may happen.

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Sune Fahlgren

Docent, Senior lecturer, pastor


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Examination Format

  • Papers
  • Take-home examination

Godkända kurser för en kandidatexamen i teologi/religionsvetenskap, 180 hp, där minst 150 hp utgörs av teologi/religionsvetenskap eller motsvarande. Dessutom kunskaper i engelska motsvarande kraven för grundläggande behörighet.

Attendance at lectures and seminars is mandatory at Stockholm School of Theology.
The field study can take place either in churches in Stockholm or in Jerusalem, in cooperation with the Swedish Christian Study Centre (Studieförbundet Bilda). NB! If the field study takes place in Jerusalem the students have to pay a certain amount of cost (appr. SEK 7 000). For further inforamtion contact

Established by Subject Representative College at Enskilda Högskolan Stockholm on December 18, 2013.

Last revised on October 11, 2017.