Ta042 – Syro-Oriental Mystics (VII-VIII centuries)

Ž. Paša

Course Information

Professor: Ž. Paša, SJ,

Schedule: 2nd sem.


The Christian mystic is characterized by the relationship with the mystery of Christ, with the divine plan to “unite all things in Christ.” The Syro-Oriental mystics aim to be faithful to the heritage transmitted by the holy Fathers (Evagrius, Pseudo-Macarius, Gregory of Nyssa, Pseudo-Dionysius, John the Solitary) and by the doctors of their respective churches. The originality of the Syro-Oriental mystics, qualitatively superior to that of the dogmatic theologians of the same tradition, depends on the manner in which each knew how to integrate and synthesize the inherited patrimony. These doctors of contemplation of the divine light had a marked influence on all Christian and Muslim oriental mysticism.


To deepen knowledge of the Syro-Oriental mystics (Dadišo‛ of Qatar, Isaac of Nineveh, Simon of Taibuteh, John of Dalyatha, Joseph Hazzaya) through a study of the sources.


R. Beulay. La lumière sans forme: introduction à l’étude de la mystique chrétienne syro-orientale. Chevetogne, 1987.

Isacco di Ninive. Discorsi spirituali: capitoli sulla conoscenza, preghiere, contemplazione sull’argomento della gehenna, altri opuscoli. Bose, 1985.

R. Beulay. Les lettres de Jean de Dalyatha. Turnhout, 1972.

G. Hazzaya. Le tappe della vita spirituale. Bose, 2011.