This books considers the Middle East, in particular Bethlehem, Palestine, as a possible area where transformative mediation might be introduced. Based on extensive field research including interviews with sulha practitioners, the book develops a working theory of sulha practice while offering one of the first detailed treatments of the process itself. Comparing the ideology and the practice with that of transformative mediation, the author outlines why the use of transformative mediation would be a cultural misfit in this context. The book also illustrates opportunities where sulha is insufficient for the population in which it operates, and where transformative mediation shows promise.
About the Author
Erin Dyer Saxon, PhD, is a conflict resolution trainer, facilitator, mediator, and coach. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, she has also written on Palestinian nonviolence. Dr. Saxon was formerly the Director of the Center for Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution at Endicott College, USA.