Journal of Education & Social Policy

ISSN 2375-0782 (Print) 2375-0790 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/jesp

The Impact of Jewish-Arab Intercultural Educational Encounters: Qualitative and Quantitative Perspectives
Dr. Ben Mollov

This paper will report on the methodology and results of a pioneering course in Jewish-Arab Interreligious Dialogue involving both Jewish and Arab students undertaken at Bar-Ilan University, Israel under the auspices of its School of Communication and in cooperation with the Interfaith Encounter Association. The course was structured around joint discussion topics on commonalities between Judaism and Islam such as in customs, religious rituals such as prayer, family life and holidays. Based on qualitative and quantitative results, in two course cycles, the efficacy of the intercultural approach for promoting perception change, and relationship building and transformation between Jews and Arabs was affirmed.

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