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Jews and Muslims in Dubai, Berlin, and Warsaw: Interactions, Peacebuilding Initiatives, and Improbable Encounters

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Centre for the Study of the Holocaust and Jewish Literature, Faculty of Arts, Charles University, 116 38 Prague, Czech Republic
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Institute of the Middle and Far East, Jagiellonian University, 30-063 Krakow, Poland
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Moses Mendelssohn Centre for European Jewish Studies, University of Potsdam, 14467 Potsdam, Germany
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Religions 2022, 13(1), 13; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel13010013
Received: 8 September 2021 / Revised: 10 December 2021 / Accepted: 11 December 2021 / Published: 24 December 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Are Muslim-Jewish Relations Improving in the 21st Century?)
What is the nature of interactions between Jews and Muslims in contemporary Dubai, Berlin, and Warsaw? The purpose of the three presented case studies is to evaluate the state of affairs and identify newly emerging trends and patterns in the given trans-urban context. The methodology is based on qualitative anthropological research, emphasising an emic perspective that centralises respondents’ own lived experiences and worldviews. The main research’s findings made evident that interactions between Muslims and Jews in each examined location are, to various extents, acknowledged, and in some cases, also embody a formative part of public discourses. Perhaps the most visible manifestations of these relations are represented by the ambitious interfaith projects that were recently established in each geographical area in focus. The Abrahamic Family House (UEA), The House of One (GE), and The Community of Conscience (PL) reveal the aspirations of multi-faith religious leaders to overcome polarising dichotomies and search for common ground. One of the conclusive outcomes of the study is a somewhat diminishing impact of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict on the Jewish–Muslim relations; however, the extent differs in each destination in focus. Finally, an unpredicted observation can be made. A surfacing inclination towards embracing a joint Muslim–Jewish Middle Eastern identity was perceived. View Full-Text
Keywords: Jews and Muslims; Dubai; Berlin; Warsaw; multi-faith projects; The Abrahamic Family House; The House of One; The Community of Conscience; cultural hybridisation; Abraham Accords Jews and Muslims; Dubai; Berlin; Warsaw; multi-faith projects; The Abrahamic Family House; The House of One; The Community of Conscience; cultural hybridisation; Abraham Accords
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Menachem Zoufalá, M.; Dyduch, J.; Glöckner, O. Jews and Muslims in Dubai, Berlin, and Warsaw: Interactions, Peacebuilding Initiatives, and Improbable Encounters. Religions 2022, 13, 13. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel13010013

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Menachem Zoufalá M, Dyduch J, Glöckner O. Jews and Muslims in Dubai, Berlin, and Warsaw: Interactions, Peacebuilding Initiatives, and Improbable Encounters. Religions. 2022; 13(1):13. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel13010013

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Menachem Zoufalá, Marcela, Joanna Dyduch, and Olaf Glöckner. 2022. "Jews and Muslims in Dubai, Berlin, and Warsaw: Interactions, Peacebuilding Initiatives, and Improbable Encounters" Religions 13, no. 1: 13. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel13010013

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