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Family Myths and Cultural Conflict

Marc Gopin

in Holy War, Holy Peace

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780195146509
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834235 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195146506.003.0002
Family Myths and Cultural Conflict

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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

Chapter.  16531 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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