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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.

There is an issue in our Arab region these days that has become so blatantly intolerable that most people seem to have instinctively shut off their natural capacity to see it or to talk about it: the situation of “domestic workers.” Both those responsible for this human trafficking and those benefiting from it like to […] Read More

The movie trailer for “Innocence of Muslims,” which was considered by millions to be offensive to Islam and to its prophet Muhammad, is in its second week of controversy. Embassies have been burnt down, people have been killed, flags of Western nations continue to go up in flames and to get stepped upon. An overwhelming […] Read More

The phenomenon that has been labeled the “Arab Spring” is known today through its diverse incarnations in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Bahrain and Syria. It looks different in each country and is in each place at a different stage. But in each of these places the phenomenon should be viewed as ongoing, whether the emerging […] Read More

It was a Muslim friend of mine, a cleric, who once pointed out to me how artificial our practice of Christian-Muslim dialogue was. Our usual idea of interfaith dialogue is an officially organized session where one or more representatives of each religion presents their own perspective on a topic before an audience, which is generally […] Read More

Although the Caner brothers were born in Turkey and brought up as Muslims, their knowledge and understanding of Islam, as reflected in their book, Unveiling Islam, is sadly a typical example of most of the books that remain today on the Christian bookshelf on Islam. It allows itself far too many generalizations about Islam to […] Read More