IMES Blog

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 […]
November 12, 2015

Christians as a Minority: Finding a Place in Society

By Rupen Das As the challenge of the presence and integration of Muslim communities in Europe grows, I was reminded of something that was mentioned a number of years ago. The person said that historically Christian theology and teaching has assumed that Christians are a minority in society. Hence the […]
November 6, 2015

ISIS and the Future of Islam – داعش وتأثيره على مستقبل الإسلام

By Martin Accad Would you believe it? It turns out that more than two dozen conferences and consultations have already been organized by international Islamic bodies in order to condemn the behavior of ISIS! And that was in the mere 12 months immediately following the emergence of the group in […]
October 29, 2015

Trash: A Rather Unusual Form of Expertise that Middle Eastern Christians Have to Offer the World

Cairo, Egypt, is one of the world’s largest metropoles. Many people associate Cairo with the Giza Pyramids, with one of the most impressive national museum collections in the world, and with the more recent iconic images of protests in Tahrir Square during the early days of the so-called Arab Spring. […]
October 22, 2015

When Religion Becomes Idolatry: A Reflection on the Politics of Identity in the Midst of the Syrian Crisis

By Suzie Lahoud “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face.  Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.” 1 Cor. 13:12 Like Jacob, I have recently wrestled with God over the politics of my own […]
October 15, 2015

What is the Solution for Syrian Refugees?

by Wissam al-Saliby The Syrian refugee influx into Europe respects no borders. From the Mediterranean shores to the Arctic sea, hundreds of thousands are determined to “get in”. I have followed the journeys of many young Syrians over Facebook as they have immigrated first to Greece and then on to […]
October 8, 2015

Has Lebanon finally figured out its own version of the ‘Arab Spring’? هل توصّل لبنان أخيرًا إلى إصداره الخاص لـ’الربيع العربي‘؟

By Martin Accad I was travelling when the recent popular uprising began in Lebanon. At first it emerged as an outcry to the trash crisis that has been engulfing Lebanon with its stench for several months now. Lebanon hasn’t had its ‘Arab Spring.’ Some people think that’s because – God […]
July 30, 2015

“The World Is Yours!” A Brief Reflection on Citizenship and Stewardship

By Martin Accad Yesterday morning, I collected my daughter’s U.S. passport that needed renewal. It was accompanied by a leaflet that read on the front: “With your U.S. passport, the world is yours!” Nothing shocking on first glance; just a sense of pride and patriotism that citizens of most countries […]