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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 […]
June 19, 2013

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

Welcome to day 3! ________________________________________________________________ 10) Religious Rights & Freedoms within the Baptist Tradition: Principles & Practice [10:00 – 11:30am] Session Purpose: To gain an appreciation for the manner in which ‘religious freedom’ has been understood from within the Baptists tradition, looking at its theological, biblical and historical development and its […]
June 18, 2013

Middle East Conference 2013: “Your Rights & My Responsibilities” – Day 2

IMES’ Middle East Conference (MEC) 2013, “Your Rights & My Responsibilities: Biblical and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights” has thus far proven to be a very illuminating, yet at times a challenging conference. Please return for session updates and audience reflections related to Day 2. ________________________________________________________________ 6) Religion, Identity and […]
June 18, 2013

Middle East Conference 2013: “Your Rights & My Responsibilities” – Day 1 – Audience Reflections

2) Theological & Biblical Foundations for Human Rights Based Approaches [12:00 – 1:30pm] This morning, Dr. Paul Fiddes provided a theological and biblical basis for human rights. He began by demonstrating that human rights are not merely a construct of Western individualism but rather they are reciprocal events embedded within social […]
June 17, 2013

Middle East Conference 2013: “Your Rights & My Responsibilities” – Day 1

This morning, IMES’ Middle East Conference (MEC) 2013, “Your Rights & My Responsibilities: Biblical and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights” kicks off and promises to be a very illuminating, if at times very challenging conference. For a brief overview of the conference, conference themes and program of events, please follow […]
June 13, 2013

An Example of Loving Neighbor in Word and Deed: A Declaration by Malkhaz Songhulashvili

By Martin Accad In July 2008, I was invited to attend and speak at the Yale “Common Word Conference: Loving God and Neighbor in Word and Deed.” The conference was organized in follow up of the Yale Response to the Common Word initiative of Prince Ghazi of Jordan. Some papers […]
June 7, 2013

What’s Happening at IMES this June?

IMES Staff June tends to be our busiest month of the year at the Institute of Middle East Studies (IMES). As such, we felt that giving you some insights into what lies ahead over the coming weeks might give you a better idea as to what we’ve been working on, […]
June 1, 2013

The Day Hamas Walked Away from Damascus: What Future for the MENA Church? (Part 2)

By Martin Accad In my blog post last week, I suggested that Hamas’ shift from its allegiance to the Syrian regime back to its ideological roots in the Muslim Brotherhood was setting new priorities in the regional politics of the Middle East and North Africa region. It is redefining Sunni-Shi‘i […]