Education

November 19, 2012

Your Rights & My Responsibilities

By Arthur Brown Your Rights & My Responsibilities:  Biblical & Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights IMES’ Middle East Conference 2013  June 17-21, Beirut. Conference Announcement This week’s post is a temporary departure from the norm, in that it is an announcement concerning our annual Middle East Conference. Each year IMES […]
November 15, 2012

Will Obama’s Second Term Be Worth Dancing For? Revisiting the 2009 Cairo Speech

By Martin Accad On June 4, 2009, about 8 months after he took office for his first term, US President Barack Obama addressed the Muslim world from Cairo, Egypt. His remarks were entitled: “A New Beginning,” and were delivered from the stage of the University of Cairo, at the joint invitation […]
November 7, 2012

Giving the Church Back to Christ

By Arthur Brown I have just come back from a week in Romania where I had the privilege of visiting a number of Orthodox monasteries in the beautiful Northern region of the country.  Within each monastery were countless icons and images depicting deep theological beliefs, in line with the tradition […]
October 25, 2012

When the Victory of God seems like a Distant Dream

By Rupen Das As violence rocked the center of Beirut again and as I have watched the crisis in Syria unfold with all its horrors, I’ve wondered where does God fit into all of this? The fear and anxiety is palpable. The political narrative has changed from a people genuinely […]
October 4, 2012

The Hidden Benefits of Dialogue

By Andrew Smith In recent years the idea of people from different faiths entering into dialogue has gained momentum around the world and now draws in people of all faiths (and sometimes none) as well as people from different denominations and traditions. We’re used to the arguments that dialogue promotes […]
September 13, 2012

Is the Trinity critically important to dialogue in the ME context?

By Caleb Hutcherson Often when I am talking to my Muslim friends, it seems like the Christian doctrine of the Trinity is one of the first obstacles to any dialogue between us. And truthfully, the understanding of God’s nature has been a source of contention and conflict since the beginning […]
August 16, 2012

Our Utilitarian Ethics and the ‘Arab Spring’

by Martin Accad The phenomenon that has been labeled the ‘Arab Spring’ is known today through its diverse incarnations in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, and Syria. It looks different in each country and is in each place at a different stage. But in each of these places the phenomenon […]
August 9, 2012

Are we even talking the same language?

by Arthur Brown As a youth worker I’ve lost count of the times parents have complained that they don’t understand their children. “It’s like they’re speaking a different language” they lament. As I look at the various titles of books about Islam that have been published over the last decade, […]