Interviews with IMES Director Martin Accad on the Middle East Conference 2013 and the Syrian Refugee Crisis

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The Institute of Middle East Studies and recently interviewed IMES Director Dr. Martin Accad in regard to this year’s upcoming Middle East Conference and on the ongoing Syrian Refugee Crisis.

1) Interview with (April 10, 2013)

In reference to the upcoming Middle East Conference 2013, “Your Rights and My Responsibilities: Biblical and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights,” Dr. Accad said that the topic of rights and responsibilities came about after a conversation with a Muslim friend and cleric who commented that Islam did not believe in human rights but in human responsibility.

“If you care for your neighbor, then your neighbor doesn’t need to claim his rights,” says Dr. Accad, paraphrasing his friend. “The more I thought about that,” says Dr. Accad, “the more I had a feeling that this was perhaps even closer to the biblical understanding of human rights.”

This year, the conference celebrates its 10th consecutive year. Last year, the conference…

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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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