Church History I: The Early Church & Coptic History (2)

Church History I: The Early Church and Coptic History 2 (CHHT 602) will attempt to frame the decline of Alexandria’s importance on the universal church stage in the fourth and fifth centuries. Students will examine primary sources that trace the rise of Rome’s theological (and the simultaneous decline of its political) authority, the formation of the intellectual tradition of the Christian West, and the ossification of the church as an institution of the empire. Secondary sources will supplement the study of this period.

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Ph.D. Christian History
Mary Ghattas is a PhD Candidate at Claremont Graduate University. She is working on her dissertation project in Religion, focusing on the History of Christianity in the Middle East. Her current research explores the issues around writing a modern history of Christianity in Egypt on specifically the Oriental Orthodox confession which include: the Coptic, Syriac (Indian), Armenian, Ethiopian, and Eritrean churches. While focusing on their ecclesiastical and diplomatic relations, she hopes to also shed light on their communal life in Egypt. She currently teaches Coptic Studies and Church History courses at Agora University.