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 […]
June 21, 2018

Religion, Violence, and Evil: A History in 550 Words الدين والعنف والشر: لمحة تاريخيّة في ٥٥٠ كلمة

By Martin Accad The debate about the nature of the relationship between religion, violence, and evil has been rather lively in recent months and years. Between the nauseating treatment of Muslim dissidents and non-Muslims in Syria and Iraq in the name of “Islam,” the continued bloody oppression of Palestinians justified […]
June 14, 2018

Reframing the Holy Land and the People of God إعادة تأطير الأرض المقدسة وشعب الله

By Mike Kuhn There is no more deeply entrenched issue facing the world than the question of Israel and Palestine. It never fades from the media spotlight and the recent clashes in Gaza serve to remind us that it is not going away. It is a multi-dimensional issue including history […]
June 7, 2018

IMES Regional Brief – June 2018

Lebanon The parliamentary elections were an indicator of people’s fears and feelings; some interpreted them as a referendum on those in power and others as an opportunity to build a dream Lebanon’s parliamentary elections were held on the 5th of May 2018, after an interval of 9 years. For a […]
May 31, 2018

Lebanese Politics: What is the Point? السياسة اللبنانية: لمَ التعب؟

By Elias Ghazal The recent parliamentary elections in Lebanon demonstrated that Lebanese politics is largely predictable, although not impregnable. The last time the Lebanese elected their political representatives was in 2009. Lebanese are overwhelmingly angry about the political corruption, economic stagnation, and social degradation in their country. Sectarian leaders from […]
May 24, 2018

An Arab Evangelical Message to American Evangelicals رسالة إنجيلية عربية إلى الإنجيليين الأمريكيين

By Wissam al-Saliby In March of this year at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, I saw a man sitting next to me writing in Arabic the statement that he will be reading to the council. Adel was a Tunisian head of a non-profit. I said hello in […]
May 17, 2018

The Faces of Displacement: A Story Much Closer than We Realize وجوه النازحين: قصة أقرب ممّا يمكن أن نتخيّل

By Brent Hamoud We tend to put faces on unfortunate things.  It is not a good practice but we do it anyways. Famine has African faces, terrorism Muslim faces, the drug trade Latino faces, and on it goes. So it is with human displacement where the faces of Syrians, Palestinians […]
May 10, 2018

Fighting the Stigma of Mental Illness in the Middle East: A Reflection on the Middle Eastern Church’s Position on Mental Health محاربة وصمة العار للأمراض العقلية في الشرق الأوسط: تأمل في موقف الكنيسة الشرق أوسطية من الصحة العقلية

By Jade Kassis War has become a familiar phenomenon to us Middle Easterners, who have become acquainted with its violent chaos as well as with its sacrificial loss. War has changed us as a people. We have grown accustomed to feelings of unrest and a lack of control. One minute […]
May 4, 2018

IMES Regional Brief – May 2018

Syria The Constant Political, Security, and Military Changes in Syria Call for a Prophetic Humanitarian Positioning of the Church, Avoiding Political Partisanship and Bias The United States bombs Syria with the support of Britain and France. Iran interfers in Syrian affairs. The United Nations Security Council meets to deliberate on […]