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The Philosophy of Mediation: Questions and Responses from Diverse Parts of the World and Especially from the Islamic Tradition

Key words

Islam, Muslim community, mediation, dispute resolution

In this paper, the author highlights the fact that the concept of mediation exists in many cultures and traditions in the world and that, unfortunately, its centrality as a dispute resolution mechanism in Islam is obfuscated by a negative image of the faith shaped largely by media images internationally.

Through a series of mediation training programmes developed for a Muslim community and implemented globally, the author raises a number of questions which are relevant to the global discourse in the field of mediation today.

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This is an edited version of a paper presented at the 3rd European Conference on Mediation “Mediation and Civil Society in Europe – Towards a new mindset” at Bourg la Reine, France in 2010.

In this paper, the author highlights the fact that the concept of mediation exists in many cultures and traditions in the world and that, unfortunately, its centrality as a dispute resolution mechanism in Islam is obfuscated by a negative image of the faith shaped largely by media images...