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Introduction to Oriental Orthodox Theology

This 30-credit course consists of four parts: 

Liturgy and icons

The Oriental Churches and the rise of the Arab empire

The Oriental Churches in the later Ottoman empire

One of three elective subjects: Coptic Orthodox theology, Tewahedo Orthodox Theology or the Renaissance of the Syriac Orthodox Church

Students will examine the effects of the formative encounter of the Churches with Islam, and particularly the effect this had on the self-understanding of the Churches.  It took several hundred years for the Oriental Orthodox Churches to adapt to the new situation and during the early Ottoman period the Oriental Churches moved into dialogue with their surrounding culture and formulated a theology based on the new situation. The late Ottoman period, which ends with the Armenian and Syrian holocaust, was crucial for understanding the Oriental Orthodox Churches in the 20th century.

The course, taught as a part-time distance course, is perfect if you want to deepen your knowledge of the Oriental Orthodox tradition in one academic year.

Stockholm School of Theology

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Quick Facts

Length: 1 year, 30 ECTS credits

Study Pace: Part-time (50%)

Type of Instruction: Distance learning
Language of Instruction: English

Level: University

Organizer: Stockholm School of Theology (University College Stockholm)

The applicant must have completed their upper secondary (high school) education. For more information please visit:
Applicants must also be able to demonstrate a good proficiency in English. The entry requirement for studies at the bachelor’s level in Sweden is equivalent to the English 6 course at Swedish upper secondary school. For more information, please visit:

Tuition fee: Students at Stockholm School of Theology are not required to pay tuition fees if they are citizens of Sweden, of another EU country or if they have been granted permission to live in Sweden. The information about tuition fee for other international students is available on https://ehs.se/tuition-fees