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Classical Syriac – Kthobonoyo


This course is available to beginners, intermediate or advanced students of classical Syriac. Syriac is the main language in which the Fathers of the Syrian Orthodox Church spoke and wrote. Many important theological and spiritual works have been composed in Syriac. The scope of the course starts from learning the basics of Syriac alphabet and grammar to reading and analyzing Syriac texts and commentaries. West Syriac pronunciation is used throughout the course, but participants are allowed to use other forms of pronunciation as well. From the outset, learners are encouraged to use their linguistic skills in the real-life social setting of their learning and liturgical community.



By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Confidently read and write the alphabet
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of Syriac grammar and pronunciation
  • Analyse, understand and translate Syriac texts both independently and together with others
  • Reflect on and discuss the functionality of the grammar in Syriac texts
  • Read and analyse Syriac texts and commentaries


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Quick Facts

Length: 1 year

Study Pace: Part time (50%)

Type of Instruction: Distance learning (online)
Language of Instruction: Swedish, English and Syriac

Level: Seminary

Organizer: Sankt Ignatios Folkhögskola

In addition to the requirements stated in the course description, all students need to be at least 18 year old, be officially registered in Sweden and have a sufficient knowledge of the language of instruction.

Fees: Tuition at Sankt Ignatios Folkhögskola is free for everyone who is registered (“folkbokförda”) in Sweden.

Service Fees at Sankt Ignatios Folkhögskola:Students are required to pay a service fee. The service fee for this course is SEK 400 per semester.