Integration and Tradition: the Making of the Syriac Orthodox Church in Sweden
The project will arrange a closing-of-the-project workshop in Lund the 28-30 of November 2022.
Migration influences every country in the contemporary world, not the least since the recent wars in Syria, challenging the very core of the national state and its strive for cohesion. Many of the new immigrants in Sweden are Assyrians/Syriacs or suryoye, making Sweden one of the most important countries for this group in the world. Most of the suryoye belong to the Syriac Orthodox church. Against this background the present project intends to critically examine, by ethnographic case studies, integration processes within three specific Syriac Orthodox congregations in Sweden, with a special focus on organization, leadership, religious ritual and religious education, and how religious traditions are upheld and negotiated in these processes: (i) How have the Syriac Orthodox congregations been integrated into the Swedish society? (ii) How have Syriac Orthodox traditions been negotiated, changed, and upheld in relation to the processes of integration?