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
Needed Eligibilities
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.
Content
The Middle East is a melting pot 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 meetings and 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.
Literature
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., 2008. A Palestinian Christian Cry for Reconciliation. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books. (224 p).

Bailey, Betty Jane & Bailey, J. Martin, 2003. Who are the Christians in the Middle East? Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans. (215 p).

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).
The litterature required for the course may change.
Instructors
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, TG = Credits assigned.
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 for the journey to Jerusalem themselves. The decision about the location is made by the school.
Confirmed by Ämnesföreträdarkollegiet vid Teologiska högskolan Stockholm 2014-02-18
Revised 2017-02-22