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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

You may think that the church is having a hard time in the Middle East and North Africa, as it struggles with the rise of armed fundamentalist militias, government crackdowns and civil war. You would be right, but that is only half the story. According to Martin Accad, director of the Institute of Middle East […] Read More

The Institute of Middle East Studies (IMES) is intentionally involved in a range of interfaith activities. Within Lebanon, this usually involves bringing together evangelical Christians with both Sunni and Shi’ite Muslims in several contexts. For example, at our annual Middle East Consultation we invite respected Muslim clerics and scholars to share a different perspective to […] Read More

A few weeks ago, I had driven a woman and her children to my church service. She had escaped to Lebanon from a North African country following persecution. She had come to faith in Jesus Christ and became a Christian, but her family could not accept this. On the way to church, she explained to […] Read More

The central issue within Lebanon and many other Middle Eastern countries is that of the “sponsorship system,” which ties migrant domestic workers to their employers. Migrant domestic workers are also not protected by Lebanese labor laws and, as a result, become vulnerable to abuse. As if this is not bad enough, employers are required – under contractual […] Read More

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 the Institute of Middle East Studies (IMES) addressed at our recent Middle East Conference (MEC) 2013 held on June 17-21, exploring the issue of human rights from both biblical […] Read More

A broadcasting company with programs produced by and for Christians in the Middle East and North Africa is rolling out this fall a situation comedy touching on moral and ethical issues in a lighthearted way. The Arabic name of the show, “Mayli Min Kil Aileh”–the English title is “Faces of a Family”–is a Lebanese expression […] Read More