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Holy War, Holy PeaceHow Religion Can Bring Peace to the Middle East$
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Marc Gopin

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195146509

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195146506.001.0001

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Family Myths and Cultural Conflict

Family Myths and Cultural Conflict

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(p.7) 2 Family Myths and Cultural Conflict
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Holy War, Holy Peace
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Marc Gopin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195146506.003.0002

Starts with an analysis of the Abrahamic family myth (or metaphor) as treated by the three Abrahamic faiths (Islam, Judaism, and Christianity), showing how it sets the stage for mythically based conflict. It goes on to discuss the use of metaphor and cultural constructs as a framework for meetings and peace negotiations between Israelis and Arabs, and then addresses street or other public encounters, and wonders whether the alienating constructs of modern city life (and Western suburban life) have a role to play in the origin of violence. The last part of the chapter wraps these approaches together in a discussion of the possibilities for Arab/Jewish reconciliation in general, and Israeli/Palestinian reconciliation, in particular.

Keywords:   Abrahamic faiths, Abrahamic family metaphor, Abrahamic family myth, alienation, Arabs, Christianity, conflict, conflict resolution, culture, Islam, Israel, Jews, Judaism, negotiations, Palestine, peacemaking, reconciliation, religion, religious conflict

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