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The Master of Religion in Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MRel in MENA Studies) program is a unique and innovative multidisciplinary program of IMES based at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary (ABTS) in Beirut, Lebanon.

In the videos below, four MRel students living and ministering in the Middle East – Brent Hammoud, Louise Brown, Suzie Lahoud and Chris Todd – share about their experiences in the MRel program and how the modules have positively impacted their respective ministries.

The MRel focuses on providing a strong theoretical understanding of the region and the issues that it faces, combined with an emphasis on developing applied skills needed to work in the region and among MENA communities worldwide. It is based upon a strong theological and Biblical framework in that each module weaves scripture and theology into its theory and practice and intentionally incorporates spiritual formation among students. Find out more at: imeslebanon.wordpress.com/mrel/

The MRel in MENA Studies program is designed to provide students with a degree of flexibility, enabling them to continue with their existing work and lives while simultaneously attaining an advanced degree. The MRel is organized into modules rather than courses to allow for more effective multidisciplinary inquiry and learning, from within the MENA or beyond. Instruction and learning is achieved through a combination of 2-week residencies in Lebanon per module and the use of distance learning technologies that facilitate discussion and feedback. Being based in the region, the program exposes students to the rich historical, cultural and religious heritage of the MENA.

Additional testimonials will be uploaded soon to the ABTS Lebanon YouTube channel.

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