IMES Blog

October 18, 2012

Domesticating Slavery in the Contemporary Arab World

by Martin Accad There is an issue in our Arab region these days that has become so blatantly intolerable that most people seem to have instinctively shut off their natural capacity to see it or to talk about it: the situation of “domestic workers.” Both those responsible for this human […]
October 11, 2012

Why is it always them?

By Arthur Brown As I have looked at various news articles over the last few weeks, it has struck me, yet again, how good we all are at apportioning blame on others whilst neglecting to ask questions about our own faults. Have you ever noticed that the trouble with ‘our […]
October 4, 2012

The Hidden Benefits of Dialogue

By Andrew Smith In recent years the idea of people from different faiths entering into dialogue has gained momentum around the world and now draws in people of all faiths (and sometimes none) as well as people from different denominations and traditions. We’re used to the arguments that dialogue promotes […]
September 27, 2012

I’ve got a Name…too[1]

By Rupen Das On March 2nd 2012 The Guardian Newspaper reported that two French journalists who had been wounded in Homs, Syria had been safely evacuated to Beirut. The article stated in detail their activities in the line of fire and the harrowing escape, but tucked away towards the end […]
September 19, 2012

“Terry Jones” Strikes Again! This time with his friends…

By Martin Accad The movie trailer, “Innocence of Muslims,” which was considered by millions to be offensive to Islam and to its prophet Muhammad is in its second week of controversy. Embassies have been burnt down, people have been killed, flags of western nations continue to go up in flames […]
September 13, 2012

Is the Trinity critically important to dialogue in the ME context?

By Caleb Hutcherson Often when I am talking to my Muslim friends, it seems like the Christian doctrine of the Trinity is one of the first obstacles to any dialogue between us. And truthfully, the understanding of God’s nature has been a source of contention and conflict since the beginning […]
September 6, 2012

Will We All Be Blind?

By Arthur Brown The throwing of stones at Israeli soldiers and military vehicles by Palestinian youth is something we’ve all become used to seeing on our TV screens and in our newspapers. This somewhat symbolic expression of resistance by these children/young people, began in the Jabaliya refugee camp [Northern Gaza] […]
August 30, 2012

Human Rights versus Obligations: Conversation with a Muslim Friend

By Rupen Das A couple of months ago, during an extended conversation with a Muslim friend in Saida about a rights-based approach to addressing poverty, he said, “Islam does not believe in human rights”. After a long pause, during which my mind conjured up all the worst prejudices about Islam […]