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  • Beyond Secularism and Islamism – Perspectives for the Arab World

    Beyond Secularism and Islamism – Perspectives for the Arab World

    With the upheavals in the Arab world tensions have been growing between ‘secular’ and ‘Islamic’ conceptions of society. Both in political confrontations in Tunisia as well as with the recent military coup in Egypt or the war in Syria an unbridgeable separation between Islamic and as secular defined notions and ideas seems to have burned in. Under conditions of extreme poverty, war, and ongoing interventions an existing pluralism of societal designs seems to be obviously no longer negotiable. Basic ideas – be it ‘secular’ or be it ‘Islamic’- are subject to a logic of confrontation and are being used as an important weapon in political debates. Can there still be such a thing as ‘Beyond Secularism and Islamism’ and how could that look like?

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  • What kind of Palestinian State for what kind of Peace?

    What kind of Palestinian State for what kind of Peace?

    Shortly after US-President Barack Obama took office a settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict on the basis of a Two-State Solution seemed feasible. Today a solution for this wide-ranging conflict is more unlikely than ever.

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  • A viable Palestinian State – Arab and Israeli Perspectives

    A viable Palestinian State – Arab and Israeli Perspectives

    Watch a heated debate between former Knesset speaker Avraham Burg, former Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem Meron Benvenisti and Samir Abdullah Ali of the Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute. Guest discussant is Gilbert Achcar of the University of London.

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