MEI History

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The Middle East Immersion initially launched in 2007 as a partnership between the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary’s Institute of Middle East Studies and Fuller Theological Seminary’s School of Intercultural Studies. Now in its 11th year, the Middle East Immersion was designed to allow seminary, theology and intercultural studies students the opportunity to earn academic credit in the fulfillment of intercultural practicum requirements while simultaneously exposing them to the culture and heritage of the Middle East – in line with IMES’s institutional mandate to bring about positive transformation in the thinking and practice between Christians and Muslims in the Middle East and beyond.

 Since 2007 students from Fuller Theological Seminary, Truett Theological Seminary, BIOLA University and Bethel Seminary, among others, have spent their summer quarters in Lebanon studying under the guidance of Dr. Martin Accad (Chief Academic Officer at ABTS, former IMES Director, and Professor of Islamic Studies at both ABTS and Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California). In 2013, Jesse Wheeler (IMES Projects Manager) joined the IMES team. An MEI alumnus from his time as a student in California, this will now be Jesse’s sixth year assisting the program.

Students come from a variety personal and professional backgrounds and degree programs.