Michael Matthews November 24, 2011
10 Years Later
Dialogue is the encounter by men, mediated by the world
Way of exploring the roots of many of the problems that face the world today
How we have changed since 9/11, or if we even have?
Diana Eck- Professor at Harvard. Interested in interfaith communication.
What happens when religion comes into this question of dialogue?
She talks about how different groups realize each other’s mutual vulnerabilities.
Eck worried about domestic and international ramifications of post 9/11.
She talks about how relationships started to change after 9/11 in regards to communication and
For her, the collateral damage was that the “fabric of trust had been frayed” and this resulted in fear and
But at the same time, 9/11 became a stimulus for far more serious dialogue amongst interfaith group
(“tragedy more often opens our hearts and creates the space for new beginnings”)
Eck shows that dialogue is premised not on unanimity, but on difference. Dialogue does not aim at
consensus but understanding.
What is intifada? Often used as the word “uprising” ongoing conflict between Israel (1948) and Palestine
(Arabic word). Palestinian people lived under the Ottoman Empire (colonized by the British).
The Palestinian do not recognize the right of the Israelis to exist and vice versa. There is also a problem of
boarders has been a big issue. The third problem is that of security. The fourth problem is water right
(central part of this conflict), you need water for irrigation. Jerusalem (very sacred place) is a divided city,
big problem. Palestinian refugees are also an issue, who are those who lost their homes
All of this intifada has caused a lot of problems and hatred between the two.
Many attempts at peace- 1993 Oslo treaty.
Two state solutions are trying to be made.
Mohammed Abu-Nimer Dialogue in the second intifada. Al axa (sometimes called this).
Abu-Nimer uses the example of the