IMES Blog

January 21, 2016

Rethinking Hospitality: Pondering the Sexual Harassment Scandal in Germany

By Mike Kuhn [1]   Not that long ago, German Chancellor Merkel made news by flinging the door open to immigrants seeking refuge from the Syrian war and the pandemonium unleashed by ISIS in Iraq and Syria.  In an ironic twist, the sexual harassment fiasco of Cologne (also Stuttgart and […]
January 14, 2016

Citizenship, Statelessness and the Status of Women in Lebanon

By Alexandra Airey In Lebanon, if you are a woman, you cannot pass your citizenship to your husband or children. In the case of women married to foreigners, the children of this union have a very real possibility of being left stateless. Homegrown statelessness isn’t a problem unique to Lebanon, […]
January 8, 2016

‘Religious Registration’: An Insult to Human Dignity and Decency

By Martin Accad Maryam was born a Muslim. Her society required her to live as a Muslim and eventually to die as a Muslim as well. Youssef was born a Christian. His society too required him to live and die as a Christian. But when they fell in love with […]
December 17, 2015

The Middle East: The Place You Love to Hate

By Elias Ghazal By now there’s little doubt in anyone’s mind that the Middle East[1] is behind a lot of the problems that impact the world. Consider the following issues: the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and regional instability, the cultivation and exportation of Islamic radicalism, petrodollar recycling and fluctuations in the world’s […]
December 10, 2015

Middle East Consultation 2016 – The Refugee and the Body of Christ: Exploring the Impact of the Present Crisis on our Understanding of Church

20 – 24 June 2016 Beirut, Lebanon The church in the Middle East is experiencing a time of unprecedented change. There exist significant challenges, and yet at the same time unimaginable opportunities. In response, the Institute of Middle East Studies (IMES) at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Beirut, Lebanon […]
December 3, 2015

The Church of the Middle East is on Life Support: Lessons for the Global Body of Christ

The remains of the Amir Tadros Coptic Church in Minya, southern Egypt. (VIRGINIE NGUYEN HOANG/AFP/Getty Images) – originally published here By Martin Accad The Church of the Middle East is on life support, and fingers regularly point at Islam as the cause of its demise. Some, like influential popular historian […]
November 26, 2015

Will Our Local Pastors Lead the Fight? The Rampant Abuse of Migrant Domestic Workers in our Midst

by Rose Khouri Two months ago I arrived at the office expecting a normal day. I ended up driving a sobbing Kenyan woman to a shelter for abused migrant workers. This young woman, terrified, crying, unable to make eye contact, is one of a quarter million guest workers – primarily […]
November 19, 2015

The Middle East Will Never Be the Same Again: The Rise of the Millennial

by Arthur Brown My society is full of contradictions: a society that dissolves the identity of the individual into the identity of the group, a society that is afraid of change, a society that praises freedom of expression but ultimately suppresses it. One learns to remain silent, to become a […]