5IN365 Christians of the Middle East, 7.5 Credits
Practical Theology and Religious Behavioural Science, History of Religions
Spring 2017/2018 Jan - Apr (w04-w13). Language English.
Admission at universityadmissions.se or antagning.se, admission code: IN365
Entry requirements
General requirements for university studies. 60 credits in Theology: Theology, introductory courses, 30 credits and the courses Att tolka Gud och samhället 15 credits and Teologi, religion och kyrka i Sverige 15 credits, or eqvivalent.
Education Level
First cycle
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.
At the end of the course, the student is expected to:
• display knowledge about the religious map of the Middle East, especially with regard to Christian churches
• have a 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 the possibilities 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).

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. Harper One. (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).
Sune Fahlgren, Göran Gunner
Exam Types
Papers, Take-home examination.
Grading Types
A = Excellent, B = Very good, C = Good, D = Satisfactory, E = Sufficient, FX = Insufficient, F = Insufficient
Additional Directives
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
Confirmed by Ämnesföreträdarkollegiet vid Teologiska högskolan Stockholm 2014-02-18
Literature revised 2017-10-11
Revised 2017-10-11