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Muslim/Arab Mediation and Conflict Resolution : Understanding Sulha (Hardcover) (Doron Pely)
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Inter- and intra-clan conflicts in Northern Israel’s Arab community pit hundreds against each other in revenge and counter-revenge cycles that take years to resolve and impact the entire community. The Sulha is aShari’a-based traditional inter- and intra-clan conflict resolution process that takes place independently of formal legal systems and is widely practiced throughout the Muslim and Arab worlds to manage such conflicts.
Arab Mediation and Conflict Resolution examines the process of Sulha as practiced by the Arabpopulation of northern Israel, presenting for the first time a detailed description, analysis and explanation of every stage of this at times protracted process. Heavily based on primary sources, it uses interviews with practitioners, victims, perpetrators, community leaders and lawyers, along with surveys, cases studies and statistical analysis to examine how Sulha affects people’s lives, how various sectors of society impact the practice, and how it coexists with Israel’s formal legal system, additionally focusing on the importance of honour in the restorative justice process of Sulha. Furthermore, it examines how Sulha is different and similar to dispute resolution processes in other parts of the world.
This book will be a valuable resource for students and scholars of Middle East studies, Islamic studies and those interested in conflict resolution.