Lecture Looks into the Role of Culture in Peace and Conflict

Posted: February 27, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

Ayse Kadayifci will analyze the role of culture and religion, both as a perpetuator of conflict and as a resource for peace and conflict resolution, at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR) weekly brown bag lecture today from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Kadayifci’s presentation will begin with a look at several Islamic narratives on peace and war in the Palestinian Territories, and how and why one particular narrative becomes legitimated from a hermeneutical perspective. She will also discuss how more peaceful and constructive approaches can be empowered.

As prelude to earning her Ph.D. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution at the American University, Kadayifci studied international relations at the University of Ankara, Turkey, and international conflict analysis at the University of Kent. She has done fieldwork on Islam peace and conflict resolution in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, on Islam and human rights in Istanbul and Ankara, and on indigenous conflict resolution and mediation in Ralco, Chile.

Kadayifci is also the coeditor of Anthology on Islam, and Peace and Conflict Resolution: Practice and Precept.

The discussion is part of ICAR’s series of informal lectures on research and practice of conflict resolution, and is held in the ICAR Main Conference Room, A401, located at 4260 Chain Bridge Road in Fairfax.

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