By Karl E. Meyer, Shareen Blair Brysac

In a global replete with tales of sectarian violence, we're frequently left thinking about: Are there locations the place humans of other ethnicities, specially with major Muslim minorities, stay in peace? if that is so, why haven’t we heard extra approximately them, and what explains their success?

to reply to those questions, Karl Meyer and Shareen Brysac undertook a two-year exploration of oases of civility, areas impressive for minimum violence, emerging life-expectancy, excessive literacy, and pragmatic compromises on cultural rights. They explored the Indian nation of Kerala, the Russian republic of Tatarstan, the town of Marseille in France, the town of Flensburg, Germany, and the borough of Queens, manhattan. via rankings of interviews, they record methods and implies that have confirmed profitable in defusing ethnic tensions. This pathbreaking ebook elegantly blends political historical past, sociology, anthropology, and journalism, to supply great rules for peace.

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