New ABTS Module Takes Aim at Middle East and North Africa Misconceptions

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What false assumptions can people believe about the Middle East? That’s the theme of a new module from the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary for its Master of Religion in MENA Studies program.

This module looks at the politics, history, and economics of the Middle East and North Africa region. Brent Hamoud coordinates the course. He says, “Perhaps one assumption would be that the Middle East is pre-determined or bent towards a type of violence, of chaos, of conflict. That this is the natural state of the Middle East. That it is for others from the outside to intervene and to bring peace to the region.”

But this assumption often causes more harm than good. Hamoud says, “There’s a lot more going on in the region than the conflicts, which are very real and very dramatic. But they [don’t tell] the whole story. And the interventions from others throughout history in the region haven’t always contributed to good development.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller


  • Ask God to strengthen the students and teachers in the Master of Religion in MENA Studies Program at ABTS.
  • Pray this module would lead to a fruitful ministry in this region that Jesus loves.

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