Beyond Sides - Toward Reconciliation

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Beyond Sides - Toward Reconciliation

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This eBook is was originally published as a chapter in an academic book, “Intercultural and Interfaith Dialogues for Peacebuilding and Stability’ IGI Global Press – (Publication: Spring 2019).

Keeley’s chapter is a practical and pragmatic account of Palestinian-Israeli, or Muslim-Jewish encounter as experienced in the most contested area in the region, the West Bank.  

Keeley, a renowned photojournalist, conducted several photography workshops for Israeli and Palestinian women living adjacent to each other in the Gush Etzion section of the West Bank, but really never met each other until they stepped into the room where the workshops were held.

Keeley demonstrated how poignant, emotional and revelatory an intercultural and interfaith dialogue can be, even under the most exacting circumstances, if only it is given a chance.

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Abstract

The author describes a program of photography workshops for Orthodox Jewish and Palestinian women in the West Bank she has conducted since 2016 in partnership with Roots, an initiative led by a Palestinian and Israeli settler committee.

The workshops provide an environment where the women can interact with “the other” in an informal and safe setting, many for the very first time in their lives.

They enable the participants to work together on joint projects in a setting where they can explore each other's life narratives as they learn a new skill, which engenders an awareness and understanding of similar life paths and shared humanity.

The mutually illuminating activity promotes respect and is a step forward to a future of potential change. The program's participants describe its perspective-altering results and voice a hope for further engagement.

Description of the Academic Book

Communication is vital to the prosperity and survival of the community, with the quality of communication amongst its members directly improving or worsening the value of the community. However, with the increase in immigration and relocation of refugees, the need to accommodate diverse cultural groups becomes imperative for the viability and survivability of a community while posing challenges to communication. Intercultural and interfaith dialogue can be used constructively to cultivate, manage, and sustain diversity and wellbeing in particularly deeply divided communities.

Intercultural and Interfaith Dialogues for Global Peacebuilding and Stability is a critical research publication that explores the importance of conflict resolution strategies among populations that include a varied amalgamation of cultural and religious backgrounds. With the increasing emphasis on intercultural understanding promoted by governments, civil societies, and international mediators, this book offers relevant remedies for major afflictions in the world today, such as exclusion, marginalization, xenophobia, and racism. It is ideal for government officials, policymakers, activists, diplomats, lawyers, international trade and commerce agencies, religious institutions, academicians, researchers, and students working in a variety of disciplines including political science, international relations, law, communication, sociology, and cultural studies.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Communication

  • Education

  • Intercultural Dialogue

  • Interfaith Dialogue

  • Linguistics

  • Peacebuilding

  • Philosophy

  • Refugee Education Coordinators (RECs)

  • Relational Sustainability

  • Religion