IMES Blog

September 5, 2013

The Syrian Homeless: Reflections of an Aleppine Pastor

Our post this week is the translation of an Arabic news email, containing pastor Mounir al-Ajji of Aleppo’s reflections on the situation of Syrian displaced persons in Syria and Lebanon. Nothing expresses better the tragedy and distress that has beset our dear Syrian brothers and sisters than such a poignant […]
August 29, 2013

50 Years Later and Half a World Away: Dr. King’s Dream Lives On!

50 years ago this week, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his now iconic “I Have a Dream” speech on the footsteps the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. Though incomplete, the tireless work of Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement radically altered the fabric of American society. Yet […]
August 22, 2013

A Christian, Rights-Based Approach to Egyptian Developments

By Wissam al-Saliby* As Egyptian developments unfold, many Christians in the Arab World and in the West are asking which position they can take to best preserve the Christian community from harm, and maintain its voice and role in Egypt. Media outlets, including satellite news channels, YouTube and Facebook, have […]
August 15, 2013

Faith & Politics: The Reign of God in Christianity and Islam (Part 2)

Previously (in Part 1), I began to make the case that both Islam and Christianity offer deeply political visions for state and society, albeit in unique ways. I also made the claim that this has important implications for interfaith cooperation and Christ-centered witness. Essentially, I hope to show that the […]
August 8, 2013

Is there a limit to hospitality?

by Rupen Das The Lebanese Interior Minister stated last week that at the current rate of Syrian refugees crossing the border into Lebanon, by the end of the year Lebanon would be host to 2 million Syrian refugees. The latest UN statistics indicate that close to 700,000 refugees have officially […]
August 2, 2013

Faith & Politics: The Reign of God in Christianity and Islam (Part 1)

By Jesse Wheeler “Among the many characterizations and sweeping generalizations which flourish in the realm of the study of the relationship between Islam and Christianity, one of the most persistent is the statement that goes something like this: Christianity is not essentially concerned with earthly matters like politics and the […]
July 25, 2013

Redeeming the Enemy: A Call to Civil Disobedience

By Martin Accad “To our most bitter opponents we say: ‘We shall match your capacity to inflict suffering by our capacity to endure suffering. We shall meet your physical force with soul force. Do to us what you will, and we shall continue to love you. We cannot in all […]
July 18, 2013

Trafficking of Migrant Domestic Workers: A Tale of Two Cities

By Arthur Brown Trafficking in persons, or human trafficking, is the second most lucrative illegal trade in the world today. It was also one of the four main themes IMES addressed at our recent Middle East Conference, 17 -21 June 2013, exploring the issue of human rights from both Biblical and […]