"East is East and West is West"? Talks on Dialogue in Beirut
This volume contains the lectures and presentations of the academic symposium series “East is East and West is West, and Never the Twain Shall Meet?” – Challenges of Dialogue, held at the Orient-Institut Beirut in the course of the year 2002. These symposia were held against the background of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City and triggered by the impact these events had on the Arab World as a whole. Contributors from various provenience and academic backgrounds focused during these sessions on questioning and challenging well-established and hardened viewpoints and establishing new perspectives of constructive dialogue between the “East” and the “West”. Despite the rising tensions in the course of the year due to the looming war in Iraq the contributions in this book offer various aspects of dialogue on a cultural, religious and political level.
Leslie Tramontini studied Islamic Studies, Arabic, Philosophy and Politics at the Universities of Münster, Kuwait and Baghdad, and is the coordinator at the center for Near- and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Marburg.