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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.

Do we make a pact with the devil if the money is good enough? In the aftermath of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, we face a test of our morality and the extent to which we are willing to bend our ethics for utilitarian purposes. […] Read More

Vilifying one religion and magnifying another drags us into a cosmic conflict that will take generations to dismantle. Let us, instead, heed the call to return to the Bible’s fundamental message. […] Read More

Ambassador Massoud Al-Maalouf, former Lebanese ambassador to the United States, denounced the devastating role of U.S. evangelicals in shaping toxic U.S. foreign policies toward the Middle East, particularly toward the Palestinian cause. The Al-Joumhouriah Daily Lebanese newspaper published his op-ed on Feb. 7, 2018. His depiction of evangelicals in this article is simplistic and rich […] Read More

The concept of “disorienting times” was the focus of the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary’s 14th Middle East Conference / Consultation (June 19-23), organized by its Institute of Middle East Studies. Highlights from the 2017 consultation are available here. Four themes – Persecution and Suffering; Emigration; Hopelessness and Despair; and Minoritization – were integrated and engaged […] Read More

The practice of “taqiyya” (dissimulation or concealment) has been redefined as a religious obligation for Muslims to lie to non-Muslims in order to serve the expansionist agenda of their religious community. This is a false understanding that has gained traction in the West, as I explained previously. Islam only permits its adherents to dissimulate their […] Read More

“In post 9/11 anti-Muslim discourse, ‘taqiyya’ has been redefined as a religious obligation for Muslims to lie to non-Muslims not simply for survival, but in order to serve the expansionist agenda of their religious community.” According to the “taqiyya”-focused strand of the anti-Muslim moral panic, Muslims stand condemned for their participation in this hidden agenda […] Read More

As our American friends approach Election Day this coming Nov. 8, the rest of us around the world are holding our breaths as we consider the implications of that event on the country’s foreign policies. At a time when the question of Islam and Muslims in America has become so divisive, it would be easy […] Read More

May 2016 was the centennial anniversary of the Sykes-Picot Agreement between Britain and France. Following secret negotiations in 1916, Britain and France agreed on the new borders of the Middle East as they predicted the fall of the Ottoman Empire at the end of World War I (1914-18). A third minor party to the agreement […] Read More

The month of Ramadan has begun. “Ramadan” is the name of the current month, the ninth in the Muslim lunar calendar, which has come to symbolize the 29- to 30-day Muslim fast, one of Islam’s five pillars. Social media has been filled with Ramadan-related posts and comments. The posts I have been seeing are for […] Read More

My friend Peter believes that the Quranic portrayal of Jesus stands in complete contradiction with the New Testament witness. He was once called Ahmad, but when he converted to Christianity after consistently watching polemical programs about Islam on satellite television, he became convinced that in order to follow Jesus, he had entirely to deny his […] Read More