Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities

Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities

Changing Our World

Edited by Zachary D. Kaufman

Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities provides crucial insight into social entrepreneurship from visionaries in the field as well as other experienced practitioners and renowned theorists. While this book focuses on social entrepreneurship as it relates to genocide and other atrocities, the experiences and lessons learned also apply to additional critical social, economic, legal and political problems such as healthcare, development, education and literacy.

Chapter 9: Re-connecting cousins: Children of Abraham

Ari Alexander and Gul Ruth Rahman

Subjects: business and management, social entrepreneurship, development studies, development studies, social entrepreneurship, law - academic, human rights, politics and public policy, human rights, social entrepreneurship

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Ari Alexander and Gul Rukh Rahman INTRODUCTION Many conflicts continue to rage between competing nationalisms, religious sects, and ethnic groups. Of all the regional conflicts since World War II, few, if any, have garnered as much media attention as the Arab-Israeli conflict. While the conflict between Arabs and Israelis in the Middle East has received enormous attention, the more widespread problem in global Muslim-Jewish relations is largely hidden from public view. The globalization of the ArabIsraeli conflict has created a worldwide phenomenon of mutual suspicion, separation, and even hatred between many Jews and Muslims from Jakarta to Johannesburg, from Sao Paulo to San Francisco. The majority of attention paid to this issue ignores the voices and projects that promote an alternative to the dominant narrative of conflict. However, both Hommes de Parole (based in France)1 and the Muslim World League (based in Saudi Arabia)2 have organized conferences in which Jewish and Muslim leaders from various parts of the world have participated in dialogue. We see this as part of a growing trend towards recognizing the importance of this issue on the global stage. There are three primary arenas of the worldwide crisis in Muslim-Jewish relations. One version is a minority-minority dynamic, in which Jewish and Muslim communities live in Western (majority Christian) societies such as Canada, France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Most Jews in the world live in close proximity to Muslims. But the reverse is not true. Rather, most Muslims live in...

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