IMES Blog

February 19, 2016

Leading the Struggle: Serving Migrant Domestic Workers in our Midst

by Rose Khouri For this week’s post, I want to follow up on my most recent blog post in which I discussed my frustrations with the Lebanese (Arab) Church and what I perceived as inaction on a simultaneously visible and invisible human rights crisis perpetrated by members of its community: […]
February 11, 2016

Middle East Consultation 2016: The Refugee and the Body of Christ

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. How has the local and global Body of Christ been responding to the current refugee crisis? What are the implications of this crisis for the […]
February 4, 2016

Islam Means Peace? A brief etymological reflection

By Martin Accad ‘Islam Means Peace!’ So affirmed the flyer of a conference organized in the US that remains etched in my memory. And so affirm many books and websites you will find by simply googling the phrase. You will also find an equally large number of websites and books […]
January 28, 2016

Allah, God and Wheaton College: Some Observations from Beirut

By Jesse S. Wheeler “Allah” has been in the news again. For readers unfamiliar with this discussion, American evangelicalism’s flagship institution of higher education, Wheaton College, recently made moves to terminate Associate Professor of Political Science Larycia Hawkins in response to a statement made on Facebook concerning Christian and Muslim […]
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 […]