IMES Blog

August 31, 2016

Welcome to The IMES Blog!

Welcome to the official blog of the Institute of Middle East Studies (IMES), a research and resource institute of the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Beirut, Lebanon. IMES addresses subjects significant to the MENA region prophetically, sensitively and in a non-partisan manner for the purpose of carrying out its mandate to bring […]
November 7, 2019

Why Do the Nations Rage? The World’s Plea for Leadership with Integrity

by Mike Kuhn Media outlets are noticing an unprecedented proliferation of uprisings around the globe—Hong Kong, Chile, Addis Ababa, Baghdad, and of course, our own beloved Beirut. While some debate the legitimacy of Christians’ participation in these demonstrations, there is a more fundamental issue that is at stake as we […]
November 5, 2019

Lebanon Brief – November 2019

A Church Aware of its Role at All Times by Chaden Hani News Lebanon is currently witnessing unprecedented mass protest movements against the political ruling class for the failures contributing to a dire national economic and social crisis that has undermined the dignified existence of its citizens. Protest events included […]
October 31, 2019

Jesus Followers in the Public Domain: Pray or Protest?

by Nabil Habiby Day 13. Demonstrators close the main roads in almost every major city in Lebanon. This is the biggest protest (the people on the street call it a revolution) since the formation of the modern state of Lebanon (1920). It has reached across party lines and religious sects. […]
October 24, 2019

Lebanon’s McKinsey Report: corruption, for a price of a sandal

by Robert Hamd In 2017, the Lebanese government brought in the international consultancy firm, McKinsey, to analyze Lebanon’s public and private sectors. In January 2019, the Ministry of Economy released the report, describing what they saw as Lebanon’s crippling political stalemate in government. The 1,200-page report warns that the country […]
October 17, 2019

Sacred Misinterpretation: Debunking 5 Myths across the Christian-Muslim Divide (Part 2)

by Martin Accad   Myth #3: The Qur’an teaches Muslims that the Bible was corrupted This third myth has been one of the most enduring ones in conversations between Christians and Muslims, both at popular and scholarly levels. The Qur’an has a number of passages that contain the verb ḥarrafa, […]
October 10, 2019

Sacred Misinterpretation: Debunking 5 Myths across the Christian-Muslim Divide (Part 1)

 by Martin Accad Today’s path to Christian-Muslim dialogue and relationships is riddled with a great number of obstacles. What Christians write about Islam and what Muslims write about Christianity can no longer be hidden in obscure anonymous pamphlets or embedded in in-group conversations. As a result of globalization, migration, and […]
October 3, 2019

Witness and Justice in Evangelical Relations with Rulers

by Wissam al-Saliby A Swiss journalist recently asked me, during an interview, “Should Christian organizations be neutral towards governments?” when the killing of the Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, was brought up. The implications of neutrality were that business can continue as usual as a form of Christian witness. The alternative […]
August 29, 2019

Jesus, Muslims and the Qur’ān: in search for KERYGMATIC peacebuilding

by Martin Accad My friend Peter believes that the Qur’ānic portrayal of Jesus stands in complete contradiction with the New Testament witness. He was once called Ahmad, but when he converted to Christianity after consistently watching polemical programs about Islam on satellite television, he became convinced that in order to […]