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“Forgiveness” in the Middle East

“Forgiveness” in the Middle East

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The Forgiveness Project

The “Forgiveness” study conducted by Dr. Ilham Nasser and Dr. Mohammed Abunimer with support from the Salam Institute for Peace and Justice and generous funding from the Fetzer Institute aimed to shed light on attitudes towards forgiveness by examining responses to cultural and social conflicts amongst teachers in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, and Iraq. The research agenda sought to understand the conditions that support attitudes promoting forgiveness, the major cultural values and beliefs that encourage or obstruct the act of forgiveness, and finally, the role that educators play in teaching and promoting forgiveness among youth in Arab schools.

Data was collected from Arab teachers in the above countries using surveys and interviews and the results were published in educational journals. The research outcomes have implications for educators as well as conflict interventions in the Arab context. The results of the study guided a group professionals in peace education and curriculum design in developing a comprehensive curriculum focused on teaching for forgiveness to youth in the Arab world. Follow this link to “Forgiveness” page for most recent copies of

a. Teaching for forgiveness curriculum in Arabic

b. A brief summary in English

c. The most recent publications on the topic by Drs. Nasser and Dr. Abu-Nimer.

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