|Tunisia first to govern in era of transition
by Aida Rehouma and Rabab Fayad
Tunis/Geneva - On 23 October, the country that sparked the Arab Spring led the region from revolution to political self-determination. Over 90 per cent of eligible Tunisian voters went to the polls to cast their ballots for the new 217-seat Constituent Assembly, a body that is tasked with both writing a new constitution and forming the new interim government.
|Shall We Dance? Neziv’s Views on Jewish-Gentile Relations
In modern times, Jews have had to wonder whether and what has changed in relation to the non-Jewish world in which we live. The issue has been divisive. Within the Orthodox community there is no unanimity on the question. In the so-called ultra-Orthodox camp there has always been a serious attempt to rebuild the ghetto walls which crumbled in the modern era. Every attempt is made to minimize outside influences that could allegedly contaminate the community. In the Modern Orthodox world this fear is greatly diminished. The encounter with non-Jews and their cultural products is not necessarily considered to be dangerous to Jewish survival and is viewed more as a challenge that can enrich our human experience.
|The media’s power to promote religious tolerance
by Ghassan Michel Rubeiz
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida - Much of the debate about the recent burning of the Qur’an in a Florida church by Pastor Terry Jones focused on its devastating impact overseas. But beyond the power of symbolic actions to stir up religious tensions, this event also demonstrated the degree to which new technologies can speed up the dissemination of hate messages in our ever-shrinking global village.
|Anthropology as Cosmopolitan Study
By Nigel Rapport
, Director, Centre for Cosmopolitan Studies, Concordia University, Montreal
‘Cosmopolitan study’ is that Kantian anthropology of humanity which considers ‘the human’ to exist as a complex singularity over and above proximal categorizations and identifications of nation, ethnicity, class, religion, gender, locale, and so on. Professor Nigel Rapport, Founding Director of Concordia’s Centre for Cosmopolitan Studies, and Canada Research Chair in Globalisation, Citizenship and Justice, examines the concept of cosmopolitanism for Tolerance.ca ®.
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