Author Bassam Madany

Bassam Michael Madany was the Arabic Broadcast minister of the Back-to-God Hour, the radio ministry of the Christian Reformed Church, from 1958-1994. In his retirement ministry, Middle East Resources, he offers materials on the global challenge of Islam from a Christian perspective, on: Rev. Madany was born in Seleucia, the seaport of Antioch, Syria. He received his education in British and French schools in the Middle East. In 1950, he came to the United States and studied at the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, graduating in May 1953. In 1957, Rev. and Mrs. Madany joined the Christian Reformed Church and moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where Rev. Madany took further studies at Calvin Theological Seminary. He holds a Bachelor of Divinity degree from that institution. Rev. Madany pioneered Arabic-language radio missions and developed a Bible-based ministry, which emphasized the centrality of the Word of God in missions to Muslims. Shirley W. Madany was involved in various aspects of the radio ministry, and directed the follow-up department of Saatu'l Islah, the Arabic name of the radio mission. After a five-month battle with pancreatic cancer, Shirley went to be with the Lord on Sunday, 24 August, 2008. Rev. Madany authored “The Bible and Islam: A Basic Guide to Sharing God's Word with a Muslim.” It has gone through many printings in the USA; was published twice in Nairobi, Kenya; once by Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education, in South Africa, and a Russian translation went through two printings, in Moscow, Russia. In 2005 Shirley W. Madany published “Muslims Meeting Christ,” a book of testimonies from Arab listeners whose lives were impacted by the Arabic radio and literature ministry. In 2006, the Madanys published “An Introduction to Islam,” consisting of 33 articles, book reviews, and commentaries on Islam. In January 2008, the book “Kamil Abdul Messiah: A Syrian Convert from Islam to Christianity,” authored in 1897 by Dr. Henry H. Jessup, of the Presbyterian Mission in Beirut, Lebanon, was re-published by Middle East Resources. Rev. Madany has kept up his studies of the Arab-Islamic culture. During his regular visits to the Middle East, he purchased books authored by reform-minded Muslim intellectuals. Thanks to the Internet, he visits Arabic-language reformist websites such as Elpah, Kwtanweer, Alawan, and Aafaq. This enables him to keep abreast of the ferment taking place among Arab intellectuals who are working hard at “reforming” Islam, or critiquing it having been convinced of Islam's inability to adjust to modernity. On the bright side, he is following with great interest the rise of an indigenous Christian Church in the Maghreb.