The Eastern Orthodox Church in History and Present

The course provides a deeper understanding of the development of Eastern Christianity with a special emphasis on the development after the fall of the Constantinople 1453 to the late twentieth century and the early twenty-first. The course could be followed from two perspectives: on the development of the Patriarchate of Constantinople and the Orthodox Church in Russia, in the Balkans, Europe, and the United States or follow the development in the Arabic speaking world and in the Middle East. The student chose one of the perspectives.

Efter kursen förväntas studenten:

  • be able to describe the development of the various Eastern Christian Churches during this period of time
  • display considerable insight in understanding how the Ottoman Empire effected the Churches
  • Be able to reflect on some of the present day challenges the Byzantine Churches are facing and how theology and politics interact

Runciman, Steven, 1985. The Great Church in Captivity: A Study of the Patriarchate of Constantinople from the Eve of the Turkish Conquest to the Great War. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (454 p). Selected Readings (330 pages)

Leustean, Lucian N. 2014. Eastern Christianity and Politics in the Twenty-First Century. Abingdon, UK and New York, NY: Routledge (810 p), Selected readings, pp. 1-139, 181-279, 721-796 (312 pages). Available as eBook via EbscoHost for students and staff at THS.

Parry, Ken (red.), 2010. The Blackwell Companion to Eastern Christianity. Oxford, UK & Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, S 1-318. (318 p). Selected readings 1-22, 47-93, 156-248, 269-279, (182 pages). Available as eBook via EbscoHost for students and staff.


Panchenko, Constantin Alexandrovich, 2016. Arab Orthodox Christians Under the Ottomans 1516-1831 Jordanville, United States (676 p)

O’Mahony, Anthony, Loosley, Emma (red), 2010. Eastern Christianity in the Modern Middle East. Abingdon, UK and New York, NY: Routledge (138p)

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

Öppna schemat

Grant White

Teol. dr, högskolelektor



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


  • Hemtentamen
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  • Seminarier

Grundläggande behörighet.

Completion of a course requires a minimum of 80% attendance at lectures and 100% attendance at seminars/group work and other assignments. Absence beyond that can be compensated by supplementing assignment(s) if the instructor finds it possible. In case of an absence of 50% or more, the course is considered as interrupted, even if assignments have been completed.

If a student due to disability has a decision from the EHS on special pedagogical support, the examiner shall, if necessary, adapt the examination and conduct the examination in an alternative way.

Fastställd av Ämnesföreträdarkollegiet vid Enskilda Högskolan Stockholm den 22 januari 2020.