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CULTURE, DIALOGUE, AND PERCEPTION CHANGE IN THE ISRAELIPALESTINIAN CONFLICT

CULTURE, DIALOGUE, AND PERCEPTION CHANGE IN THE ISRAELIPALESTINIAN CONFLICT This paper explores the possibilities of intercultural dialogue as a means of peace building on the peopletopeople level. With its focus on the IsraeliPalestinian conflict the work assesses a number of efforts, which have utilized cultural dialogue rooted in religion to facilitate dialogue, relationship building, and perception change during the period subsequent to the signing of the Oslo Accord in 1993 and prior to the outbreak of IsraeliPalestinian violence in September 2000. Utilizing an interdisciplinary theoretical framework and questionnairebased quantitative data collected from Israeli and Palestinian students, the work suggests that the religiously based dialogue has the potential to move mutual perceptions to more favorable positions based on the similarities between Islam and Judaism. Such dialogue can also clarify to both sides the identification which each side has with the same land. We believe that our exploratory data might encourage the further use and study of religious cultural elements to facilitate peace building in both the IsraeliPalestinian context and in other acute interethnic conflict venues. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Conflict Management Emerald Publishing

CULTURE, DIALOGUE, AND PERCEPTION CHANGE IN THE ISRAELIPALESTINIAN CONFLICT

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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1044-4068
DOI
10.1108/eb022850
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Abstract

This paper explores the possibilities of intercultural dialogue as a means of peace building on the peopletopeople level. With its focus on the IsraeliPalestinian conflict the work assesses a number of efforts, which have utilized cultural dialogue rooted in religion to facilitate dialogue, relationship building, and perception change during the period subsequent to the signing of the Oslo Accord in 1993 and prior to the outbreak of IsraeliPalestinian violence in September 2000. Utilizing an interdisciplinary theoretical framework and questionnairebased quantitative data collected from Israeli and Palestinian students, the work suggests that the religiously based dialogue has the potential to move mutual perceptions to more favorable positions based on the similarities between Islam and Judaism. Such dialogue can also clarify to both sides the identification which each side has with the same land. We believe that our exploratory data might encourage the further use and study of religious cultural elements to facilitate peace building in both the IsraeliPalestinian context and in other acute interethnic conflict venues.

Journal

International Journal of Conflict ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 2001

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