Middle East

August 29, 2013

50 Years Later and Half a World Away: Dr. King’s Dream Lives On!

50 years ago this week, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his now iconic “I Have a Dream” speech on the footsteps the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. Though incomplete, the tireless work of Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement radically altered the fabric of American society. Yet […]
August 8, 2013

Is there a limit to hospitality?

by Rupen Das The Lebanese Interior Minister stated last week that at the current rate of Syrian refugees crossing the border into Lebanon, by the end of the year Lebanon would be host to 2 million Syrian refugees. The latest UN statistics indicate that close to 700,000 refugees have officially […]
July 18, 2013

Trafficking of Migrant Domestic Workers: A Tale of Two Cities

By Arthur Brown Trafficking in persons, or human trafficking, is the second most lucrative illegal trade in the world today. It was also one of the four main themes IMES addressed at our recent Middle East Conference, 17 -21 June 2013, exploring the issue of human rights from both Biblical and […]
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 27, 2013

Saving Syria

By Rupen Das The Middle East Conference last week at ABTS focused on the Christian and Islamic perspectives on human rights. It not only explored the theological and scriptural foundations of each, but also the implications for the universalization of rights within a region that is undergoing seismic shifts. On […]
June 20, 2013

Middle East Conference 2013: “Your Rights & My Responsibilities” – Day 3 – Audience Reflections

10) Religious Rights & Freedoms within the Baptist Tradition: Principles & Practice [10:00 – 11:30am] Our third day of the MEC began with an excellent session from Paul Fiddes illuminating the rich Baptist tradition of advocating for religious rights and freedoms.  Starting with Thomas Helwys, who wrote in the early 17th […]
June 17, 2013

Middle East Conference 2013: “Your Rights & My Responsibilities” – Day 1

This morning, IMES’ Middle East Conference (MEC) 2013, “Your Rights & My Responsibilities: Biblical and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights” kicks off and promises to be a very illuminating, if at times very challenging conference. For a brief overview of the conference, conference themes and program of events, please follow […]
June 1, 2013

The Day Hamas Walked Away from Damascus: What Future for the MENA Church? (Part 2)

By Martin Accad In my blog post last week, I suggested that Hamas’ shift from its allegiance to the Syrian regime back to its ideological roots in the Muslim Brotherhood was setting new priorities in the regional politics of the Middle East and North Africa region. It is redefining Sunni-Shi‘i […]