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Middle East: Religions and Early History

This course gives an overview of the historical cultural, socio-political and economic developments in the Middle East and North Africa from approximately 1800 BCE to 1500 CE.

The course covers the rise of monotheism amid other religious traditions and especially the relationship to the emergence of the three Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam), their history, tenets of belief, holy scriptures, rites and central doctrinal groupings.

This is an online distance course. Instruction is English.

  • Course structure

    Teaching format

    Lectures and seminars.

    Course details and resources

    The course details and resources for Fall 22 can be found in the learning platform Athena closer to the start of the semester.

    Please note that it is only registrered students that can access resources such as PDF documents in Athena.


    The course is examined on the basis of a written assignment, in the form of a take home exam.

    The language of examination, Swedish or English, will be the language stated for the respective course instance.

    For more detailed information please refer to the course description.


    Isa Blumi

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
  • Course reports

  • Contact

    Do you have questions about the courses in Middle Eastern and North Africa's Languages and Cultures?

    Student Councelor:

    Director of Studies:
    Martin Säfström
    Room 104, Kräftriket 4B
    Phone: 08-16 29 43