Kurs

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.

Efter kursen förväntas studenten:

  • display a thorough knowledge about the religious map of the Middle East, especially with regard to Christian churches
  • have a significantly deepened ability to reflect on the functions of religion as resource, identity and motive power in the political and social realities of the Middle East based on their own experience
  • be able to analyze and articulate a comprehensive understanding of the greatness and the problems of being a Christian in the Middle East

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: https://www.svenskakyrkan.se/mellanosterns-kristna

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. www.kairospalestine.ps/sites/default/Documents/English.pdf (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).


Kurslitteraturen reviderades senast 11 oktober 2017.

Schemat finns tillgängligt senast en månad innan kursen startar. Vi rekommenderar inte att du skriver ut schemat eftersom vissa ändringar kan ske.

Öppna schemat

Sune Fahlgren

Docent, högskolelektor, pastor

sune.fahlgren@ehs.se

Göran Gunner

Docent, högskolelektor, pastor

goran.gunner@ths.se

Betyg

A = Framstående, B = Mycket bra, C = Bra, D = Tillfredsställande, E = Tillräcklig, Fx = Otillräcklig, komplettering möjlig, F = Otillräcklig

Examinationsformer

  • Hemtentamen
  • PM

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 sune.fahlgren@ths.se

Fastställd av Ämnesföreträdarkollegiet vid Enskilda Högskolan Stockholm den 18 december 2013.

Senast reviderad den 11 oktober 2017.