Shared history project: A PRIME example of peace-building under fire

Sami Adwan, Dan Bar-On

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Minimal peace building during a violent conflict is suggested as a strategy for future post-conflict peace processes. This paper describes a process of five workshops in which Palestinian and Jewish-Israeli teachers developed a joint school textbook of two narratives (an Israeli and a Palestinian) in regard to three dates in their mutual conflict: the Balfour Declaration, the 1948 war and the 1987 Intifada. The teachers developed these two narratives to be taught in their classrooms. All these activities took place under severe conditions of asymmetry of power relations of occupation (of the Palestinians) and of suicide bombers (against Israelis) throughout the project. The Two-State solution requires in our view textbooks of two narratives, so students learn to respect the narrative of the "Other".

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)513-521
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Politics, Culture and Society
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2004


  • Narratives of conflict
  • Peace building
  • Shared history
  • Textbooks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations


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