Middle East

July 3, 2014

Tearing Down Walls to Build up Bridges

By Sara Obeid Loose-fitting Mottos I have often found it difficult to reconcile the seeming (yet ultimately superficial) contradiction between interfaith work and personal religious conviction. On the one hand, I have always held to such noble mottos as “tolerance,” “celebrate difference,” “openness,” and “Christ-like love.” On the other hand, […]
June 5, 2014

The Great Omission: How Christian Missions Transformed the World – IMES Special Event

Event Description It has become commonplace, and all too easy, to malign the efforts of the early protestant missionary movement with accusations of colonialism and shocking examples of cultural insensitivity. Whilst there have been terrible abuses in the name of ‘mission’, Robert Woodberry’s ground breaking research has provided a solid […]
April 17, 2014

Bad Theology Kills: How We Justify Killing Arabs

By Jesse Wheeler Bad theology kills. For many, the subject of “theology” invokes the image of old white men with impressive beards and antiquated ideas sitting in ivory seminary towers writing really big books that nobody reads. Yet within everything we think, say, and do can be found a variety […]
March 27, 2014

Unity, a Sore Spot…

By Mike Kuhn I grew up in a place where my family drove past three or four churches to get to the one we attended. Unconsciously, I absorbed a type of pride in the way we did things in our church and sometimes made comparisons with kids in my school […]
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 […]
September 26, 2013

Survival Sex: When Living Becomes the Ultimate Sacrifice

By Arthur Brown The ongoing crisis in Syria and the resultant humanitarian catastrophe for millions is taking an intolerable toll on individuals, families, communities and nations. Desperate times lead to desperate measures. This is true not only for those on the battle fields but for those responsible for caring for […]
September 6, 2013

IMES Joins Worldwide Call to Prayer and Fasting for Syria

According to the Catholic News Agency, on September 1, Pope Francis called on people of all faiths and of no faith, “all people of good will,” to spend September 7 in prayer and fasting for the situation in Syria. The World Evangelical Alliance has already responded to this call. We are […]
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 […]