A good reading from one of the young Evangelical specialists in the field of Islamic studies.

The Institute of Middle East Studies

by Martin Accad

IMES has just run its 9th annual conference: Middle East Conference 2012. For 5 days we heard from Profs. Colin Chapman, Glen Stassen, Sami Awad, and others, beginning with the historical, political and theological backgrounds to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and eventually focusing on the tragic daily realities of Palestinian refugees living in the horrendous conditions of camps in Lebanon and other neighboring countries. Our conference title: Love Your Neighbor As Yourself: The Church and the Palestinian in Light of God’s Command for Justice and Compassion.”

A longtime friend who did not actually attend the conference but had heard about it came and gently reprimanded me on the last day: “You should have brought in a Jewish perspective,” he said. “Your conference was one-sided and biased.”
As may be noted from the very title, the purpose of the conference was not political, or even purely theological

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Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

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