April 25, 2013

“Is Allah God?” 5 Reasons I Am Convinced (A Primer to a Much Larger Conversation)

A number of years ago, upon learning of my intention to pursue the academic study of Islam, a dearly beloved relative of mine felt compelled to ask: “Is Allah God?” This question took me by surprise, for I felt as though I was being put to the test, as if […]
March 23, 2013

Francis, the Saint and the Pope: What’s in that Name for Us?

by Martin Accad Two weeks ago, on 13 March 2013, Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected to the papacy. The media highlighted right away the newness that the 266th pope ushers in for the Catholic Church, even simply by virtue of who he is: the first Jesuit pope, the first pope […]
March 15, 2013

Understandable Eschatology? Arabs, Evangelicals, and ‘The End’

Eschatology, literally the study of the last things, anywhere is a difficult topic. Nevertheless, the topic is of such magnitude and, whether we realize it or not, such real-world relevance that we must attempt to unravel the complexities [or dare I say absurdities] we too often find associated with ‘The End’. […]
March 5, 2013

I Am Not Abraham’s Mistake

IMES welcomes guest contributor Derek Rishmawy. Arabs are not the result of Abraham’s mistake: Derek Rishmawy explains how popular evangelical theology about Arabs contradicts the Gospel. 9/11 was a weird day for me. I was a sophomore in high school at the time [in America] and I distinctly remember thinking to […]
February 21, 2013

Middle East Conference 2013: Biblical & Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights and Social Responsibility

This week, we take a break from the norm once again to remind you of the Institute of Middle East Studies’ annual Middle East Conference (MEC 2013) entitled “Your Rights & My Responsibilities: Biblical & Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights” taking place at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary, Beirut, from June 17 […]
February 18, 2013

Interview with IMES Faculty Rupen Das on the Master of Religion in Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MRel)

In October 2012, the Institute of Middle East Studies at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary, Lebanon, launched a new Master of Religion in Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MRel). How is this new “MRel” program distinctive? Specifically, how does it differ from ABTS’ core programs of Bachelor of Theology and Master of […]
February 7, 2013

Betrayal and Redemption

By Rupen Das Over the past many months, a number of Syrian Christians and their leaders have made comments, which have taken me by surprise. They say, “The West has betrayed the Christians of Syria and abandoned them. They support and arm the rebels who not only want to overthrow […]
January 31, 2013

Deconstructing our Defenses: An Imperative for Self-Sacrifice in Interfaith Relations

By Jesse S. Wheeler As recently arrived Projects Manager for the Institute of Middle Studies (IMES) in Beirut, Lebanon, I consider it my privilege to assist in the fulfillment of IMES’ institutional mandate: To bring about positive transformation in the thinking and practice between Christians and Muslims in the Middle […]