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Kroc Institute to host discussion of Hamas victory

Author: Arts and Letters


A panel discussion on the remarkable victory of the Islamist party Hamas in the Palestinian elections last month will be held at 12:30p.m. Thursday (Feb. 9) in Room C-103 of the University of Notre Dame’s Hesburgh Center for International Studies.

The discussion, “Assessing the Recent Palestinian Elections: Historical Background and Future Implications,” is being sponsored by Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. Panelists will be Joyce Dalsheim, Rockefeller visiting fellow at the Kroc Institute; Asher Kaufman, assistant professor of history at Notre Dame; and Rashied Omar, coordinator of the Kroc Institute’s Program in Religion, Conflict and Peacebulding.

Dalsheim, an anthropologist whose scholarly interests include nationalism, settler colonialism and regions of intense conflict, has studied the quarrels surrounding the Jewish settlements in Israeli-occupied territory. An activist in the peace movement in the Holy Land, she has lived and pursued research in Palestinian villages in Israel.

Kaufman, author of “Reviving Phoenicia: The Search for Identity in Lebanon,” has written on the evolution of Hezbollah, Israeli policy in the Middle East, and boundary disputes in the region. His recent research concerns memory and forgetfulness in the Lebanese civil war and the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon.

Omar, a doctoral candidate at the University of Cape Town specializing in religion and violence, has served as an imam at a mosque in South Africa and is a trustee of the Parliament of the World’s Religions.

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Originally published by Michael O. Garvey at on February 06, 2006.