Hartford Seminary

At the Edge of Empire: Christians of the “Middle East” (HI-613)

An investigation of the history, theology and identity of those Chalcedonian and non-Chalcedonian Christian communities outside of, or on the borders of, the Roman and Byzantine Empires; including the Arabic, Armenian, Coptic (Ethiopian), and Syrian churches.  Attention will be given to how living at the edge of, or outside of, Western Empires provided unique contexts for the origin and later development of the Church under Islamic rule, the role of colonialism, nationalism, current geo-political issues of Empire in the “Middle East”, and immigration of these communities to the United States.

If you are not enrolled in a degree program but wish to register for this course, use the Online Registration for Special Students and Auditors.


David D. Grafton


Spring 2017

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