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 […]
December 6, 2018

IMES Regional Brief – December 2018

  Dear Reader, Socio-economic realities in the MENA are not improving. In our Regional Brief for December 2018, we highlight issues of concern from Lebanon, Egypt, Mauritania, Sudan, Palestine and Iraq. Endemic corruption and the absence of reform in the educational system persists without any real transformation. Suffering and grief […]
November 29, 2018

The Church-Mosque Network as an Expression of the Incarnation: A Message for Advent

By Martin Accad Two sheikhs, three priests, and an evangelical theologian walk out of a mosque in the warm breeze of a late afternoon in June. Cars slow down and stare at the unlikely crew, as they move slowly beneath the elegant spire of the Aisha Bint Abi Bakr mosque […]
November 21, 2018

Standing on the Edge of a River: Palestine, Israel, and Identity

By Nabil Habiby It has been a rough week for Palestinians. They witnessed yet more Arab concessions to Israel. Their land continues to shrink. Their hopes of ever achieving freedom from oppression grow slimmer.
November 15, 2018

Rights over Might: The United Nations, Religious Freedom and our Role and Responsibility

By Wissam al-Saliby* Many of my fellow Evangelicals have expressed dissatisfaction with the United Nations, sharing views ranging from, “The U.N. is an evil global government” to, “The U.N. is inefficient and useless.” One question, among many, is “What is the U.N. doing for religious freedom?” I will attempt to […]
November 8, 2018

MEC 2019 – Thinking Biblically about Muslims, Muhammad, and the Qur’an: Practical Implications for the Church Today

The purpose of the Middle East Consultation 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.
November 1, 2018

IMES Regional Brief – November 2018

Dear Reader, In the IMES Regional Brief for November 2018, we will be taking a panoramic view of the MENA to address post-war ramifications on the countries and peoples of the region, whether economically, politically, ethically or religiously. War produces profound wounds, the consequences of which often lasting long after […]
October 24, 2018

The Unholy Alliances Surrounding the Khashoggi Affair

By Martin Accad Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and moderately outspoken critic of Crown Prince Muhammed Bin Salman, became an unlikely household name for most of us this month. After choosing self-imposed exile – apparently for security reasons last year – he became a US resident and a regular columnist […]
October 18, 2018

Confronting Tyranny, The Jesus Way

By Elias Ghazal A deliberate war waged against Yemen has killed more than 10,000 people and displaced millions. The situation on the ground is appalling. There have been over 1.2 million suspected cholera cases since April 2017 – one of the worst outbreaks in recent history. Polio, an easily preventable […]