IMES Blog

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, […]
December 20, 2012

Finding Security in the Peace of Our Neighbors: Perspectives on the Middle East

IMES Note 2012 has been a big year for the Institute of Middle East Studies. In June we hosted our 9th annual Middle East Conference, titled ‘Love Your Neighbour as Yourself: The Church & the Palestinian in Light of God’s Command for Justice and Compassion’. In July we launched our […]
November 29, 2012

On Killing Civilians

By Rupen Das On Nov. 18th, just as another round of bloodletting between the Israeli’s and Palestinians got underway, twelve members of the Dalu family (seven of them children) in the Al Nasser neighborhood of Gaza City were killed by an Israeli artillery strike. While the Israeli military initially insisted […]
November 19, 2012

Your Rights & My Responsibilities

By Arthur Brown Your Rights & My Responsibilities:  Biblical & Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights IMES’ Middle East Conference 2013  June 17-21, Beirut. Conference Announcement This week’s post is a temporary departure from the norm, in that it is an announcement concerning our annual Middle East Conference. Each year IMES […]
November 15, 2012

Will Obama’s Second Term Be Worth Dancing For? Revisiting the 2009 Cairo Speech

By Martin Accad On June 4, 2009, about 8 months after he took office for his first term, US President Barack Obama addressed the Muslim world from Cairo, Egypt. His remarks were entitled: “A New Beginning,” and were delivered from the stage of the University of Cairo, at the joint invitation […]
November 7, 2012

Giving the Church Back to Christ

By Arthur Brown I have just come back from a week in Romania where I had the privilege of visiting a number of Orthodox monasteries in the beautiful Northern region of the country.  Within each monastery were countless icons and images depicting deep theological beliefs, in line with the tradition […]
November 1, 2012

Hope in the Midst of Desperation

Joel Taylor A month and a half ago I was given the opportunity to spend some time in Lebanon where I, among other things, was able to listen to communal narratives of both inspiration and desperation. My experience in Lebanon, from the incredible mountain vistas to the breathtaking sunsets over the […]