Saturday, August 16, 2008

Elevating Art for the Greater Good in Ancient Mesopotamia

The Understanding Islam through Virtual Worlds project visits a collaborative simulation of Ancient Mesopotamia, present-day Iraq, where writing was invented.

In the process of seeking additional perspectives from modern Muslim women, we came across a "Brief Statement of Hate," by an Arab woman who says she has lived in Iraq, Palestine and Syria among other places. Her letter, which vows to elevate her hate to an art form, underscores the necessity for channeling conflict productively for greater cultural understanding.

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