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Many Religions, One Community: Lessons from Islamic Spain for Today’s World Choicework guide

We live today in an increasingly globalized society where different cultures and faiths are brought into closer contact than ever before. This situation presents both extraordinary possibilities for cross-cultural understanding and profound challenges. While greater opportunities exist for the blending and sharing of cultures, longstanding tensions across cultures and faiths remain. In some cases these tensions may be more intense precisely because the boundaries between cultures and faiths are thinner and more porous than ever before. This Public Agenda Choicework guide explores the question: What implications do this historical period and its decline have for inter-faith and cross-cultural relations today, in our community, our nation and in the world?

Based on decades of research and experience concerning how average citizens think and talk about issues, Public Agenda’s Choicework Discussion Starters are designed to help groups and communities talk productively about public problems. Public Agenda’s Choicework guides and Discussion Starters outline several different approaches to solving specific public policy problems, along with the pros, cons and trade-offs of each choice. They use everyday language, not professional jargon, and focus on the kinds of concerns and values that non-experts can readily understand.

Resource Link: http://www.publicagenda.org/files/pdf/Community_Dialogues_Participant_Guide.pdf

This Choicework guide is intended for use with the United Productions Foundation documentary film Cities of Light: The Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain, which discusses the achievements and ultimate failures of a centuries-long period when Muslims, Christians, and Jews coexisted. For more information on the film, check out http://www.20000dialogues.org/mroc/hcdialogue.aspx.

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