IMES Blog

February 21, 2013

Middle East Conference 2013: Biblical & Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights and Social Responsibility

This week, we take a break from the norm once again to remind you of the Institute of Middle East Studies’ annual Middle East Conference (MEC 2013) entitled “Your Rights & My Responsibilities: Biblical & Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights” taking place at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary, Beirut, from June 17 […]
February 18, 2013

Interview with IMES Faculty Rupen Das on the Master of Religion in Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MRel)

In October 2012, the Institute of Middle East Studies at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary, Lebanon, launched a new Master of Religion in Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MRel). How is this new “MRel” program distinctive? Specifically, how does it differ from ABTS’ core programs of Bachelor of Theology and Master of […]
February 14, 2013

On Bearing False Witness: Our Casual and Repetitive Breach of the Ninth Commandment

By Martin Accad How lightheartedly we break the ninth commandment: “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor” (Exodus 20:16). This is a constant problem in my area of work: Christian-Muslim relations. I am not thinking of the way that Muslims portray Christianity, which can be the subject of […]
February 7, 2013

Betrayal and Redemption

By Rupen Das Over the past many months, a number of Syrian Christians and their leaders have made comments, which have taken me by surprise. They say, “The West has betrayed the Christians of Syria and abandoned them. They support and arm the rebels who not only want to overthrow […]
January 31, 2013

Deconstructing our Defenses: An Imperative for Self-Sacrifice in Interfaith Relations

By Jesse S. Wheeler As recently arrived Projects Manager for the Institute of Middle Studies (IMES) in Beirut, Lebanon, I consider it my privilege to assist in the fulfillment of IMES’ institutional mandate: To bring about positive transformation in the thinking and practice between Christians and Muslims in the Middle […]
January 23, 2013

The Oldest Profession: Still going strong.

By Arthur Brown Last June a close friend of my wife’s and mine died. Cindy was someone who transformed our life, faith and spirituality, and taught us something about frailty, vulnerability and suffering.  She showed us something of Jesus in the most unexpected ways.  As well as being a friend, […]
January 17, 2013

The Good News of the Arab Spring

by Elie Haddad A question has been on my mind a lot lately. What should the role of the Church be in the context of our troubled region? How should the Church respond to its changing realities as the Arab spring is unfolding? We can observe a variety of responses […]
January 10, 2013

Who’s Your Hero? Reflections on Assad’s Latest Speech

By Martin Accad Many years ago, when I was 12, I took part in a children’s summer camp in Switzerland, attended mainly by Lebanese, but also by a dozen Syrian kids. I remember a game where each child was asked to declare who their hero was. There were, of course, […]