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Syrian Orthodox Faith and Life (Arabic)


The course is an introduction to the faith and life of the Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch in the Arabic language. Participants will discuss and explore the four sources of faith: 

(1) Biblical studies: introduction to Scripture and its place within the Church

(2) Ecclesiology: introduction to the Ecumenical synods and canon law

(3) Liturgics: introduction to the liturgical life and practice of the Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch

(4) Patristics: introduction to the fathers of the Syrian-Orthodox Church of Antioch 



At the end of the course students should be able to:

  • Describe and reflect on the early church and the emergence of the Syrian tradition, as well as the context in which it emerged.
  • Understand and reflect on the fathers’ theological contribution to the Syrian tradition
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge and understanding of the liturgical life of the Syrian Orthodox Church.
  • Together with others, reflect on the challenges and opportunities of the Syrian Orthodox Church in Sweden and in the future.
  • Identify the most important sources of the Syrian tradition.

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Quick Facts

Length: 1 year

Study Pace: Part time (50%)

Type of Instruction: Distance learning (online)
Language of Instruction: Arabic 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.