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Multiple identities

Each contemporary person is, dare I say, a jumble of identities (take me for instance: I am Palestinian, Arab, culturally Muslim, and, having lived most of my adult life in Britain, western and British. What a mess, you might say!). Much of the trouble in the world today stems from failure to reconcile such multiple identities...

...In many cases, this failure is in turn prompted by a misguided essentialism that requires each person to define herself or himself along one essential axis to the exclusion of, and in enmity with, all others.

photo HINDI Khalil

President of Birzeit University (Palestine).