Transforming Conflicts with Religious Dimensions: Methodologies and Practical Experiences
Danish “Faces of Mohammed” Cartoons Crisis: Mediating Between Two Worlds (Abbas Aroua, 2009)
Abstract: Communication is one of the key challenges in conflicts with religious dimensions, such as in the “Faces of Mohammed” Cartoons case. People from the two “worlds”, the Danish-secular and the Danish- or Oriental-Muslim, were addressing each other, but not understanding each other. In a similar manner, international law is not trusted by many Muslims, and has to be translated into local language if it is to be heard and understood. Therefore mediators who have a deep understanding of both worlds are needed, to translate the divergences and create channels of communication.