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Muslim and Jewish Relations in the Czech Republic

TARANT, Z. Muslim and Jewish Relations in the Czech Republic. Clam-Gallasův palác, Husova 20, Praha, 2015.
Jazyk publikace: eng
Anglický název: Muslim and Jewish Relations in the Czech Republic
Rok vydání: 2015
Autoři: Mgr. Zbyněk Tarant Ph.D.
Abstrakt EN: Both the Jewish and Muslim communities in the Czech Republic are very small. We are talking about units of thousands of Jews and about twenty thousands of Muslims inside a ten-million Czech population. The communities themselves are many times divided by internal personal, generational and cultural grievances and despite the proclamations on positive Jewish-Muslim relations, the reality is little bit more complex. There have been very positive acts of mutual support, as well as several incidents from both sides that could be harmful to the mutual relations in the long term. While the dialogue might be possible on a theoretical inter-faith level, it becomes more complicated due to the roles of Arab-Israeli conflict and other contemporary political issues. The same communities which are capable of issuing common statement or defending one another against acts of racism, can find themselves on different sides of the barricade, when it comes to contemporary political issues. Both communities have their radicals and both of the communities suffer from low experience with the PR, sometimes combined with the need of keeping low profile in the media. My presentation will attempt to summarize both the positive and negative moments of relations between Isaac and Ishmael in a country where antisemitism exists nearly without Jews and islamophobia blossoms nearly without Muslims.
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