R480 Christianity in the Middle East: Historic and Modern Dynamics
- Module Code:
- Year of study:
- Year 2 or Year 3
- Taught in:
- Term 1
Objectives and learning outcomes of the module
The course will open up to students the whole area of Christianity in the Near and Middle East and in Asia. It will enable students to understand their history, religious development, relation to the religions of their area, their theology, practice, worship and current challenges.
Scope and syllabus
The course will deal with the Syriac speaking church (primarily) and the Armenian,Georgian and Greek churches. It will also cover the Christian communities in Jordan, Iran and India. The course will cover the material chronologically, from the rise of oriental Christianity within Judaism Amidst the Graeco-Roamn world, through the separations from the Orthodox and Latin churches, through the relations with Islam after its rise in the seventh century, to the situation today.
Method of assessment
- One essay (3,000 words) (40%)
- One 2 hour exam (60%)
- Gillman, I and H J Klimkeit (1999) Christians in Asia before 1500, London: Curzon.
- Dalrymple, W (1997) From the Holy Mountain, Harper Collins.