Islamic Revival Worldwide

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Martin Accad

The speech “Islamic Revival Worldwide” was given by Dr Martin Accad, who is a Lecturer at Arab Baptist Theological Seminary and Director of the Institute for Middle East Studies in Beirut.

This was the second speech at the MCSCI Conference in January 2016.

Listen to this speech

This is a recording of the speech, which has been edited for clarity and to remove questions (which could not be heard over the microphone).

Abstract: Islamic Revival Worldwide

Dr Accad writes:

The emergence of ISIS as a transnational group over the summer of 2014, and the developments since then, significantly stirs our understanding of the future of Islamic revivalism globally. In order to know what potential scenarios to expect in the years ahead and to plan adequately as we think about God’s mission in the world, we need to understand both the most significant current dimensions of ISIS, as well as some of the historical background of where we find ourselves today. The present lecture will begin with an exploration of both the geopolitical and the socio-religious dimensions of Islamic revivalism today. In a second step, we will look at the historical and theological backgrounds of a group like ISIS. Finally, we will look at the implications for the future, both for our understanding and practice.

When can I hear him?

Dr Accad is expected to bring the conference’s second speech, “Islamic Revival Worldwide”, on Thursday 7th January 2016 at approximately 7:30pm.

Please note that all times are given as-planned in good faith, but the schedule may be amended without notice if required.

Who is he?

Martin was born in Lebanon and grew up and lived there through the civil war (1975-1990). He undertook seminary studies at the Near East School of Theology in Beirut and then completed a Master’s degree (MPhil) and a PhD (DPhil) at the University of Oxford in the UK (1996-2001). Martin has been back in Lebanon since 2001, based at the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary. He directs ABTS’ Institute of Middle East Studies, which he founded in 2003, and teaches in the areas of Islam, Middle-Eastern Christianity and Christian-Muslim relations, both at ABTS and annually at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. He is co-founder and “Senior Fellow on Middle East Program” of the Centre on Religion and Global Affairs. He describes his life vision as to bring about positive transformation in thinking and practice between Christians and Muslims in the Middle East and Beyond.


Martin has contributed many articles and chapters in international academic journals and publications, including “Just Peacemaking in Light of Global Challenges from Muslims” (in Petersen, Stassen and Norton, Formation for Life, Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2013); “Christian Attitudes toward Islam and Muslims: A Kerygmatic Approach” (in Reisacher, ed. Toward Respectful Understanding and Witness among Muslims, William Carey Library, Pasadena: 2012); “Mission at the Intersection of Religion and Empire” (IJFM 28:4, Winter 2011); “Loving Neighbor in Word and Deed: What Jesus Meant” (in Volf, bin Muhammad and Yarrington, eds. A Common Word, Eerdmans Publishing Co., Grand Rapids: 2010). He is also currently working on a book on conflict and Christian-Muslim relations and theological dialogue. With a mixed Lebanese and Swiss parental heritage, he is at home in practically any culture and lives and works in Lebanon by choice and calling.

Martin blogs regularly at:

One thought on “Islamic Revival Worldwide

  1. rev fj calvert

    Most helpful in understanding present situation in middle east. In fact I am excited to find this pathway to knowledge available in this way. Please inform me if there are more.

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