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December 12, 2013

Seeking a ‘Final Solution’ to the Palestinian Question: John Kerry, Nelson Mandela, and the Problem of Palestine

By Jesse S. Wheeler On 7 December 2013, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry eulogized South African President Nelson Mandela with the following words: “My friends, as everyone here knows, the world is mourning the loss of a great leader right now, Nelson Mandela. Mandela was a stranger to hate. […]
December 6, 2013

Celebrating Two Lives

By Arthur Brown Today has brought with it a mix of emotions for me. As the father of an African-Lebanese little boy who celebrates his first birthday today there is joy. Jonathan, who we are in the process of adopting, came into our lives eight months ago and has transformed […]
December 5, 2013

The Suffering of the Innocents: The Experience of Being a Syrian Refugee Child in Lebanon & Jordan

By Arthur Brown “The world must act to save a generation of traumatised, isolated and suffering Syrian children from catastrophe. If we do not move quickly, this generation of innocents will become lasting casualties of an appalling war.” So begins the recently published UNHCR report on the plight of Syrian […]
November 14, 2013

Christ-Centered Witness and the Proper Use of Power

By Jesse S. Wheeler In a world busy with the misuse of power, I am continually drawn to the example of Christ who, by consistently rejecting the dual temptations of imperial compromise and armed rebellion, models for us the narrow path of self-sacrificial, enemy-embracing love. This dual temptation is very […]
November 7, 2013

Being a Female in the Kingdom: Women Drivers in Saudi Arabia

By Sara Obeid* To most, having a chauffeur is a luxury. But to a Saudi woman, it is an obligation and her only means of transportation. Many Saudi women do not consider having a chauffeur a luxury, but rather a financial burden that consumes 30% of their income and obstructs […]
November 1, 2013

Discipleship Today: Following Jesus in the Middle East and North Africa (Middle East Consultation 2014)

16 – 20 June 2014  The purpose of the Middle East Consultation [MEC] is to equip participants to respond in prophetic and Christ-like ways to the many challenges facing Christians and Muslims in and beyond the Middle East. The core of MEC 2014 will consist of listening to narratives and stories […]
October 17, 2013

The Last Respectable Racism

By Jesse S. Wheeler In the West, Arabs and Middle Easterners have long been the target of the “Last Respectable Racism.” Comments made in reference to any other ethnic or religious group, comments rightly resulting in widespread scorn and condemnation, will go virtually unnoticed when made in reference to Arabs, […]
October 11, 2013

The MRel in MENA Studies Enters its Second Year!

IMES’s Master of Religion in Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MRel in MENA Studies) program enters its second year this month with the launch of the MENA Cultures Module on October 14, 2013. Within this module students from as far away as Brazil, the UK, Egypt, Australia, the US, the Netherlands and […]