Islam

May 17, 2014

Speaking Out: Muslim Leaders Respond to the Kidnapping of Nigerian Girls

By Arthur Brown The kidnapping of over 200 Nigerian girls from their school by the Islamist Group Boko Haram has shocked the world. #Bringbackourgirls has become a Twitter phenomenon, with over 3.3 million tweets from across the planet. Celebrities have come out in support of the campaign, along with global […]
October 17, 2013

The Last Respectable Racism

By Jesse S. Wheeler In the West, Arabs and Middle Easterners have long been the target of the “Last Respectable Racism.” Comments made in reference to any other ethnic or religious group, comments rightly resulting in widespread scorn and condemnation, will go virtually unnoticed when made in reference to Arabs, […]
October 11, 2013

The MRel in MENA Studies Enters its Second Year!

IMES’s Master of Religion in Middle Eastern and North African Studies (MRel in MENA Studies) program enters its second year this month with the launch of the MENA Cultures Module on October 14, 2013. Within this module students from as far away as Brazil, the UK, Egypt, Australia, the US, the Netherlands and […]
October 8, 2013

“Human Rights Thwart Terrorism”: IMES Director Featured Speaker at Just Peacemaking Initiative Conference in Pasadena, California

IMES Director Dr. Martin Accad is a featured speaker this week at two events in Pasadena, California: 1) “Human Right’s Thwart Terrorism”: Just Peacemaking Initiative Conference Travis Auditorium, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA Online at Livestream 7pm PDT daily (5am Beirut, GMT+ 3) October 7-11, 2013 This year’s Just Peacemaking Initiative (JPI) […]
September 5, 2013

The Syrian Homeless: Reflections of an Aleppine Pastor

Our post this week is the translation of an Arabic news email, containing pastor Mounir al-Ajji of Aleppo’s reflections on the situation of Syrian displaced persons in Syria and Lebanon. Nothing expresses better the tragedy and distress that has beset our dear Syrian brothers and sisters than such a poignant […]
August 15, 2013

Faith & Politics: The Reign of God in Christianity and Islam (Part 2)

Previously (in Part 1), I began to make the case that both Islam and Christianity offer deeply political visions for state and society, albeit in unique ways. I also made the claim that this has important implications for interfaith cooperation and Christ-centered witness. Essentially, I hope to show that the […]
July 12, 2013

Egypt (Part 2): Not Everyone is Rejoicing about the Fall of Mursi

The situation in Egypt is complex and rapidly evolving. Division is rife and the stakes for the region and beyond are extremely high. Opinion is also split on the rights and wrongs of the recent deposing of President Mursi and the methods taken. As such, IMES features two very interesting and […]
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 […]