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A conference led by the Institute of Middle East Studies brings together Christian workers from all over the world each June to learn more about Islam and the Middle East. […] Read More

Imam Imad Enchassi survived a massacre led by Christian extremists in Beirut in 1982. A new short documentary from EthicsDaily.com tells how mercy shaped the Oklahoma imam’s life. […] Read More

More than 1.5 million Syrian refugees have fled to Lebanon since 2011. However, people like Imam Imad Enchassi – and the nun who taught him as a boy – have left bright candles for all to follow. […] Read More

Growing up in Beirut, Imad Enchassi’s world was disrupted in 1982 when right-wing Christian militants slaughtered up to 3,000 people in two days. However, he would not give in to vengeance. […] Read More

Humanitarian tourism, while often well-intentioned, raises questions about its purpose, as well as its efficacy in addressing human needs and alleviating suffering. As I explained previously, the term “sufferari” seems an appropriate label for these excursions due to similarities with a safari. The question I pose concerning the sufferari among displaced individuals is not, “Is […] Read More

Landscapes throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region have been transformed by unfolding crises of forced migration. This is especially the case in Lebanon. An estimated 1.5 million Syrian refugees reside within its borders, adding layers of dimension to long-existing populations of displacement. According to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), Lebanon […] Read More

We must learn how to relate cross-culturally in ways that reflect the beauty and grace of Christ’s gospel because we encounter people from other cultures, nations and faith traditions every day. I shared three suggestions on how to do so in the first part: First, engage with real people face to face. Second, questions that […] Read More

Normal Christian folk are increasingly face to face with people of other faiths, especially Muslims but also with Hindus, Buddhists and others. This thought struck me as I was traveling recently through North America. I watched Somali women line up for childcare outside a center in Seattle. Syrians were picnicking in a park in Langley, […] Read More

More than half (3.5 million) of all school-aged refugees (6.4 million) did not attend school in 2016, according to a U.N. High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) report released on Sept. 12. The percentage of refugee children with access to primary schooling increased 11 points to 61 percent in 2016. Yet, this remains significantly lower than […] Read More

There are presently more than 63.9 million “persons of concern” in the world. This designation includes refugees, people awaiting recognition as refugees and people who have fled their homes but not sought refuge in another country (internally displaced persons or IDPs). Of these, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reports, 16.1 million are […] Read More