February 14, 2013

On Bearing False Witness: Our Casual and Repetitive Breach of the Ninth Commandment

By Martin Accad How lightheartedly we break the ninth commandment: “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor” (Exodus 20:16). This is a constant problem in my area of work: Christian-Muslim relations. I am not thinking of the way that Muslims portray Christianity, which can be the subject 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 […]
January 10, 2013

Who’s Your Hero? Reflections on Assad’s Latest Speech

By Martin Accad Many years ago, when I was 12, I took part in a children’s summer camp in Switzerland, attended mainly by Lebanese, but also by a dozen Syrian kids. I remember a game where each child was asked to declare who their hero was. There were, of course, […]
December 20, 2012

Finding Security in the Peace of Our Neighbors: Perspectives on the Middle East

IMES Note 2012 has been a big year for the Institute of Middle East Studies. In June we hosted our 9th annual Middle East Conference, titled ‘Love Your Neighbour as Yourself: The Church & the Palestinian in Light of God’s Command for Justice and Compassion’. In July we launched our […]
November 29, 2012

On Killing Civilians

By Rupen Das On Nov. 18th, just as another round of bloodletting between the Israeli’s and Palestinians got underway, twelve members of the Dalu family (seven of them children) in the Al Nasser neighborhood of Gaza City were killed by an Israeli artillery strike. While the Israeli military initially insisted […]
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 […]