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Author Martin Accad

Martin Accad is director of the Institute of Middle East Studies (IMES) at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Beirut, Lebanon.

May 2016 was the centennial anniversary of the Sykes-Picot Agreement between Britain and France. Following secret negotiations in 1916, Britain and France agreed on the new borders of the Middle East as they predicted the fall of the Ottoman Empire at the end of World War I (1914-18). A third minor party to the agreement […] Read More

The month of Ramadan has begun. “Ramadan” is the name of the current month, the ninth in the Muslim lunar calendar, which has come to symbolize the 29- to 30-day Muslim fast, one of Islam’s five pillars. Social media has been filled with Ramadan-related posts and comments. The posts I have been seeing are for […] Read More

My friend Peter believes that the Quranic portrayal of Jesus stands in complete contradiction with the New Testament witness. He was once called Ahmad, but when he converted to Christianity after consistently watching polemical programs about Islam on satellite television, he became convinced that in order to follow Jesus, he had entirely to deny his […] Read More

In the immediate as well as broader canonical contexts of the Quran, if it were not for the extensive exegetical tradition of Islam, verse 157 of SÅ«rat Ä€l-Ê¿ImrÄn (SÅ«ra 4) would be understood simply as another piece of polemic against the Jews who, in verse 155, were being accused of breaking their covenant with God […] Read More

My father worked for the Bible Society in Lebanon for most of his life, serving as its general secretary for more than 25 years. Growing up, several of my summers were spent in the distribution of biblical literature and in organizing viewings of the Jesus Film in Christian, Muslim and Druze villages. As the various […] Read More

I have received a number of invitations from the West to speak about the crisis in Syria and particularly about the massive refugee migration into Europe. The question that keeps coming is: “How should the church in the West respond to the massive refugee influx?” The first issue to address is the fear that many […] Read More

“Islam Means Peace!” So affirmed the flier of a conference organized in the U.S. that remains etched in my memory. And so affirm many books and websites you will find through an Internet search for the phrase. You will also find an equally large number of websites and books that claim that this is a […] Read More

With the church of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) on life support and fingers regularly pointing at Islam as the cause of its demise, there are three challenges to be faced: 1. Widespread negative views of Islam and Muslims. 2. The possibility of Christianity as we know it ceasing to exist. 3. An […] Read More

The church of the Middle East is on life support, and fingers regularly point at Islam as the cause of its demise. Some, like influential popular historian Philip Jenkins, have already begun to toll the funeral bells. How do you prepare future leaders for the Arab church in such circumstances? And are there lessons to […] Read More

Would you believe it? It turns out that more than 12 conferences and consultations have already been organized by international Islamic bodies in order to condemn the behavior of ISIS in the year following the group’s emergence in the summer of 2014. Even though their lists of conclusions and recommendations are extensively available online, they […] Read More