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 […]
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 […]
April 26, 2018

MEC 2018 Speaker Announcement – Jesus Christ and the Religious Other: Toward a Biblical Understanding of Islam مؤتمر الشرق الأوسط ٢٠١٨ – يسوع المسيح وموقفه تجاه “الدين”: نحو مفهوم كتابي للإسلام

Apply Today! ( English / Arabic ) In the 21st century, religious diversity is a fact of life. Be it the result of historical precedent or technological advancement, immigration or proselytization, religious diversity can be as disorienting for some as it is enriching for others. For the committed follower of […]
April 19, 2018

Into the Depths إلى العمق

By Chaden Hani Lately, I have come to understand the way members of other religions often appreciate the Christian narrative here in Lebanon. What I came to perceive was a sense of jealousy regarding it, a feeling of protection and even reverence concerning the true value of the Biblical story. […]
April 12, 2018

The Choice Is Yours! Promoting Healthy Leadership that Contributes to the Common Good الخيار لك! تعزيز القيادة الفاضلة التي تساهم في الخير العام

By Martin Accad Let me start with a confession: At 45 years old, I have never voted in the Lebanese General Elections! As a child of the Lebanese Civil War, I developed a cynical attitude to the possibility that change will come through the current political process. Why would I […]
April 5, 2018

IMES Regional Brief – April 2018

Syria Hope Is Lost. Still We Have One Chance Left. The Living Hope Eastern Ghouta is considered one of the largest strongholds of those factions making up the Syrian opposition. It is controlled by organizations like “the Army of Islam,” the “Rahman Corps” of the Free Syrian Army and the […]