This edition: Sacred Space Under Siege?
The city of Jerusalem in Israel is sacred to the world's three major religions—Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. The first of two case studies on religious and cultural conflict looks at the potential for peace in the region around Jerusalem by examining the 1993 peace treaty between the Israeli government and the Palestinian Liberation Organization. In Turkey, disappointment with the secular government has led many people to turn to religious conservatism. The country lies at the border between the European and Middle Eastern worlds, and its leaders historically have looked to the West for trade and economic development. But today they must deal with a growing fundamentalist Islamic influence, urban population growth, and a long-standing conflict with the Kurdish minority. How will one of the most strategically located countries in the world deal with so many contrasts and contradictions?