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Author Brent Hamoud

Brent Hamoud is programs coordinator at the Institute of Middle East Studies. In 2016, he received a Master of Religion in Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary.

No one has mastered Christian engagement with Islam; we must constantly work toward betterment. When we find different approaches, let’s not quickly dismiss what we think we see while entrenching ourselves in a preferred position. […] Read More

Instead of following extreme methods toward interfaith work between Christians and Muslims, it’s vital to find a virtuous middle ground. Can leaning on the classics help Christian-Muslim relations? Let’s start with Aristotle. […] Read More

With some exceptions, most Christians are silent about persecution against Muslims. What a testimony it would be if the loudest voices calling for the just, humane treatment of Muslims were Christian voices. […] Read More

Often missing from a Christian discourse on religious persecution is recognition of an injustice undermining millions of lives today: the persecution of Muslims. Here are three cases of ongoing persecution. […] Read More

Human displacement is a faith dilemma. As I discussed previously, the Bible at no point diminishes the physical, psychological and spiritual severity of being “out of place” but rather validates it as a predicament par excellence. Scripture may contain the rich calling to a spiritual pilgrimage as sojourners of faith, but the fact remains that […] Read More

We tend to put faces on unfortunate things. It is not a good practice, but we do it anyways. Famine has African faces, terrorism Muslim faces, the drug trade Latino faces, and on it goes. So it is with human displacement where the faces of Syrians, Palestinians and the Rohingya have largely come to personify […] Read More

Humanitarian tourism, while often well-intentioned, raises questions about its purpose, as well as its efficacy in addressing human needs and alleviating suffering. As I explained previously, the term “sufferari” seems an appropriate label for these excursions due to similarities with a safari. The question I pose concerning the sufferari among displaced individuals is not, “Is […] Read More

Landscapes throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region have been transformed by unfolding crises of forced migration. This is especially the case in Lebanon. An estimated 1.5 million Syrian refugees reside within its borders, adding layers of dimension to long-existing populations of displacement. According to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), Lebanon […] Read More

Statelessness is a truly global problem affecting an estimated 15 million people and stretching from Europe to Africa and Asia to the Americas. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region suffers chronic statelessness in numerous contexts due to a myriad of historical, political and social forces. Particular people groups failed to receive nationality during […] Read More

Much has been made of President Donald Trump’s executive decisions temporarily banning select nationals and refugees from entering the U.S. The order has been met with opposition in forums ranging from airport terminals to federal courts, which have so far blocked the executive decision from going into full implementation. This ban has stirred strong feelings […] Read More