IMES Blog

July 12, 2013

Egypt (Part 2): Not Everyone is Rejoicing about the Fall of Mursi

The situation in Egypt is complex and rapidly evolving. Division is rife and the stakes for the region and beyond are extremely high. Opinion is also split on the rights and wrongs of the recent deposing of President Mursi and the methods taken. As such, IMES features two very interesting and […]
July 11, 2013

Egypt (Part 1): Light at the End of the Tunnel

The situation in Egypt is complex and rapidly evolving. Division is rife and the stakes for the region and beyond are extremely high. Opinion is also split on the rights and wrongs of the recent deposing of President Mursi and the methods taken. As such, IMES features two very interesting and […]
July 4, 2013

The Outlook for the Church in Sudan

*By Wissam al-Saliby The North African region of Sudan—governed by British and Egyptian authorities until 1956—has long been a hotbed for Muslim-Christian tensions. Embroiled in a conflict that spans two civil wars, it is comprised of a predominately Muslim Arab North Sudan and a predominantly Christian South Sudan. On July […]
June 27, 2013

Saving Syria

By Rupen Das The Middle East Conference last week at ABTS focused on the Christian and Islamic perspectives on human rights. It not only explored the theological and scriptural foundations of each, but also the implications for the universalization of rights within a region that is undergoing seismic shifts. On […]
June 21, 2013

Middle East Conference 2013: “Your Rights & My Responsibilities” – Day 5 + Audience Responses

Welcome to Day 5! ________________________________________________________________ 19) Building Social Cohesion in a Pluralistic Society: Religious and Philosophical Approaches to Human Rights [10:00 – 11:30m] Session purpose: To explore the manner in which varying dimensions of ‘human rights’ and ‘social responsibility’ may be understood within the various contexts of the MENA region, […]
June 21, 2013

Middle East Conference 2013: “Your Rights & My Responsibilities” – Day 4 – Audience Responses

16) Islamization of Society & Human Rights For All – Is It Possible? [12:30 – 1:30pm] A critical issue being faced in North Africa and the Middle East is the Islamization of Society and how that affects human rights for all, and particularly minorities.  A Thursday AM session included a discussion […]
June 20, 2013

Middle East Conference 2013: “Your Rights & My Responsibilities” – Day 4

Welcome to Day 4! ________________________________________________________________ 15) How Should the Church Respond to the Arab Uprisings: Challenges & Opportunities within the Emerging MENA Region [10:00 – 11:30am] Session Purpose: To gain deeper insight into the realities facing the MENA church in light of the Arab Uprisings, considering the range of possible […]
June 20, 2013

Middle East Conference 2013: “Your Rights & My Responsibilities” – Day 3 – Audience Reflections

10) Religious Rights & Freedoms within the Baptist Tradition: Principles & Practice [10:00 – 11:30am] Our third day of the MEC began with an excellent session from Paul Fiddes illuminating the rich Baptist tradition of advocating for religious rights and freedoms.  Starting with Thomas Helwys, who wrote in the early 17th […]