Ecclesiology and Canon Law in Eastern Christianity

This is a course in Ecclesiology and Canon Law, as well practical as theoretical perspectives will be considered. Five perspectives will be considered: The emergence of Canon Law in Eastern Christianity; the particulars of Eastern Canon Law; the function of power in the Ecclesiastical organization; the influence of Islamic thought in the construction of Eastern Canon Law; and finally how Worldviews relate to Canon Law. The students choose one specific tradition for deeper studies.

Efter kursen förväntas studenten:

  • be able to identify and interpret relevant canons by using the methods provided in the course
  • display considerable insight in understanding how the Canons in Eastern Christianity have evolved
  • demonstrate competence in relating structures of power with world views, legality and canons
  • reflect critically on the impact and influence of Islamic thought

Shared for all traditions
Gallagher, Clarence (2004). “Collegiality in the East and the West in the First Millennium. A Study based on the Canonical Collections”, in The Jurist, nr 64, 2004, pp. 64–81 (15p).

Hartmann, Wilfried & Pennington, Kenneth (eds.) (2012). The History of Byzantine and Eastern Canon Law to 1500. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press (344p)
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Laos, Laos (2015). The Metaphysics of World Order. A Synthesis of Philosophy, Theology, and Politics. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers (216p).

McGuckin, John (2012). Ascent of Christian Law: Patristic and Byzantine Formulations of a New Civilization. Yonkers, New York: Saint Vladimir’s Seminary Press (279p).

Najm, Sami M. (1966). “The Place and Function of Doubt in the Philosophies of Descartes and Al-Ghazali”, in Philosophy East and West, vol. 16, No. 3/4 (Jul. – Oct., 1966), pp. 133-141 (8 p).

Common for Coptic-, Tewahedo- and Syriac-Orthodox tradition
Fattal, A (2004). “How dhimmis were judged in the Islamic world”, in R. Hoyland, ed., Muslims and others in early Islamic society. Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 83-102 (20p).

Freidenreich, D.M. (2009). “Christians in early and classical Sunni law”, in D. Thomas & B. Roggema et al. (eds.), Christian–Muslim relations: A bibliographical history, vol. 1 (600-900), pp.83–98. Leiden: Brill (16p).

Freidenreich, D.M. (2009). “Muslims in canon law, 650–1000”, in D. Thomas & B. Roggema et al. (eds.), Christian–Muslim relations: A bibliographical history, vol. 1 (600-900), pp. 99–114. Leiden: Brill (16p).

Freidenreich, D. M. (2012). “Muslims in Eastern Canon Law, 1000–1500”, in D. Thomas, A. Mallett et al. (eds.), Christian–Muslim relations: A bibliographical history, vol. 4 (1200–1350), pp. 45–57. Leiden: Brill (13p).

Sharif, M.M. & Ülken, H.Z., (1963) “Influence of Muslim Thought on the West”, in A History of Muslim Philosophy. Wiesbaden (21 p)

Coptic Orthodox tradition
Ibrahim, Vivian (2014). “Legitimising Lay and State Authority: Challenging the Coptic Church in Late Nineteenth-Century Egypt”, in The Long 1890s in Egypt. Colonial Quiescence, Subterranean Resistence, Marilyn Booth & Anthony Gorman (eds.). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 117–140 (24p).

Meinardus, Otto (1962) “A Study on the Canon Law of the Coptic Church”, in Bulletin de la Société d’Archéologie Copte, nr. 16, 1962, pp. 231–242 (12p).

Rowberry, Ryan & Khalil, John (2010). “A Brief History of Coptic Personal Status Law”, in Berkley Journal of Middle Eastern & Islamic Law, vol. 3, issue 1/2, 2010, pp. 81–139 (59p).

Saad, Michael Saad & Saad, Nardine Miranda (2000), “Electing Coptic Patriarchs: A Diversity of Traditions”, in Bulletin of St. Shenouda the Archimandrite Coptic Society, nr. 6, 1999–2000, pp. 21–32 (11p).

Sedra, Paul D. (2014). “Copts and the Millet Partnership: The Intra-Communal Dynamics behind Egyptian Secterianism”, in Journal of Law and Religion, vol. 29, issue 3, 2014, pp. 491–509 (20p).

Sedra, Paul D. (2002). “Ecclesiastical Warfare: Patriarch, Presbyterian, and Peasant in Nineteenth-Century Asyut”, in The United States and the Middle East: Cultural Encounters, Abbas Amanat & Magnus T. Bernhardsson (eds.). New Haven: Yale Center for International and Area Studies, pp. 290–314 (25p).

Compendium with Coptic Canons (100p).

Tewahedo Orthodox tradition
Tzadua, Abba Paulos (transl.) & Strauss, Peter L. (2009). The Fetah Nagast. The Law of the Kings. Durham, North Carolina: Carolina Academic Press (240p)

Bausi, Alessandro (1992). “Heritage and Originality in the Ethiopic Sinodos”, in Journal of Ethiopian Studies, vol. 25, November 1992, pp. 15-33 (19p).

Syriac Orthodox tradition
Erhart, Victoria L. (2001). “The Development of Syriac Christian Canon Law in the Sasanian Empire, in Ralph W. Mathisen (ed.), Law, Society, and Authority in Late Antiquity, pp. 115-129. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press (15p).

O’Leary, De Lacy (2003). Arabic Thought and Its Place in History, Chapter 1: “The Syriac Version of Hellenism”, pp. 1–55. Mineoloa, NY: Dover Publications (55p).

Takahashi, Hidemi (2015). “The Influence of al-Ghazali on the Juridical, Theological and Philosophical Works of Barhebraeus”, in Georges Tamer (ed.), Islam and Rationality. The Impact of al-Ghazali. Papers Collected on His 900th Anniversary, pp. 303–325. Leiden, The Netherlands: Koninklijke Brill NV (23p).

Witz, Lev (2014). “Al-Ghazali, Bar Hebraeus, and the ‘Good Wife’”, in Journal of the American Oriental Society, vol. 134, issue 2, Apr-Jun 2014, pp. 203-223 (21p).

Compendium with Syriac Orthodox Canons (150p).

Byzantine Orthodox tradition
Buckler, Georgina (1936). “Women in Byzantine Law about 1100 A.D”, in Byzantion, vol. 11, no. 2, 1936, pp. 391–416 (26p).

Dragas, George (1998). The Manner of Reception of Roman Catholic Converts inte the Orthodox Church with Special Reference to the Decisions of the Synods of 1484 (Constantinople), 1755 (Constantinople), and 1667 (Moscow). Paper read at the Orthodox/Roman Catholic Dialogue (USA) in 1998 (21p).

Erickson, J. H. (1977). “Oikonomia in Byzantine Canon Law”, in K. Pennington (ed.) & R. Somerville, Law, Church, and Society. Essays in Honor of Stephen Kuttner, pp. 225-236. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press (12p).

Geanakoplos, Deno J. (1965). “Church and State in the Byzantine Empire: A Reconsideration of the Problem of Caesaropapism”, in Church History, vol. 34, issue 4, December 1965, pp. 381–403 (23p).

Wagschal, David (2015). Law and Legality in the Greek East. The Byzantine Canonical Tradition, 381–883. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press (288p)

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