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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.

I collected recently my daughter’s U.S. passport that needed renewal, noting that it was accompanied by a leaflet that read, “With your U.S. passport, the world is yours!” Nothing shocking on first glance; just a sense of pride and patriotism that citizens of most countries feel toward their flag, passport and other symbols of nationhood. […] Read More

Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, Geert Wilders and others are inadvertently the spearheads of Islamism in the U.S. and Europe. This may sound like a bit of a radical statement, but perhaps it isn’t. Through the widely reported Texas event, the “Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest,” a few have successfully handed another great victory to […] Read More

The origins of ISIS date to 2004, but it wasn’t until April 2013 that they gained the world’s attention through efforts to establish a caliphate in Iraq and Syria. In my previous column, I shared three takeaways from Graeme Wood’s article about ISIS that appeared in The Atlantic. Here I offer two additional points focused […] Read More

We seem to wake up to learn about another massacre committed by ISIS every few days. These are, of course, only the ones that the media reports. ISIS is committing massacres daily. Their latest playfield is Libya, and their latest scapegoats are the Coptic Christians of Egypt. Graeme Wood, in a lengthy analysis in The […] Read More

Pope Francis was recently asked about his process of reforming the Roman Curia and said that true renewal is the result “of the reform of the heart.” Three important ideas emerge from the pope’s understanding of reform and renewal: 1. Renewal is not about “making small changes here or there.” 2. It is not about “making […] Read More

Maher Hathout compared Islam to a diamond when addressing a question about the reform and renewal in Islam. During the Muslim Public Affairs Council’s 2014 general convention, he confessed that this diamond had gathered much dust over the centuries and that it needed to be cleaned up in order to convey its true beauty and […] Read More

I’ve been writing and speaking much about ISIS in recent months, and several important questions still need to be addressed. What are the long-term implications of ISIS for the church in the Middle East region? How do we assess the long-term psychological impact of ISIS on the church globally, indeed even on the international community […] Read More

The well-publicized “In Defense of Christians” (IDC) conference, which focused on Christians in the Middle East, had many positive aspects and several drawbacks. What is needed at this point in the Middle East’s tragic history is a summit that would aim to provoke a paradigm shift in the popular discourse. Such a gathering would take a […] Read More

The well-publicized conference titled “In Defense of Christians” (IDC) was held in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 9-11. As Arab Christians, we are grateful for this gigantic effort. There are numerous positive aspects to this initiative. A large proportion of the speakers were actually senior leaders of the Christian communities of the Middle East. Many, both on […] Read More

Israeli assault on Gaza. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s (ISIS’) assault on everybody. The U.S. assault on Iraq, still vivid in everyone’s memory. Self-proclaimed Muslims attacking the twin towers in New York City. Self-proclaimed Jews burning alive a young Palestinian teenager. Self-proclaimed Christians promoting the apocalyptic heresy of Christian Zionism to justify the […] Read More