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COURTESY OF THE FIE: FOUNDATION FOR INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION, LONDON

“I grew up with the experience in my life as a child
that there were many different perspectives and ways
of looking at the world,” says Gore, a first-generation
American whose father came to the United States as a
Jewish refugee during World War II. “One of the goals
of this program is to get past the stereotypes that have
developed whenever there is conflict in Israel, or Palestine, or the conflict now developing in and around
the Syrian situation. In America, we have thoughts
about who’s the ‘good guy’ and who’s the ‘bad guy.’
American politics is a good example of this. There’s
a different view of Israel and Palestine in the United
States that may not have a whole lot to do with what’s
actually going on—there on the ground.”
One of Sobek’s most vivid memories was sitting on a red, woolen cushion in a Bedouin tent in
south Jordan—passing a small porcelain cup of coffee
around a circle of American students.
“Once all had been served, the Sheikh of the alAmareen tribe began to explain the hybrid of tribal,
Islamic, and civil law that governs how conflicts
are resolved between the tribes,” Sobek says. “I was
intrigued when the Sheikh used the Arabic words

‘ard’—meaning ‘land’—and ‘sharaf ’—meaning ‘honor’—interchangeably. The Bedouins associate land
with honor. Natural resources in the desert are scarce,
so land is an integral issue to many tribal conflicts
in the country. After spending the day with the alAmareen tribe, playing with their goats, sharing tea,
and discussing politics over hookah, I realized how
important it is to engage with local people to really
understand a country’s culture, history, and politics.”
Students have the option of remaining in Amman
for a 100-hour course in modern standard Arabic and
Jordanian Arabic. Scholarships of $1,000 are available
through the London-Amman Summer Study Abroad
Scholarship Program.
“Since September 11, 2001, there has been so
much hostility between the U.S. and the Middle
East, and a lot of times this tension is simply fueled
by misunderstanding the other side,” Gore says. “So
much of conflict is fueled by a mentality of ‘us versus
them’—where one group demonizes the other, but really doesn’t know anything about them. I believe that
through positive interactions such as study abroad
programs and interfaith dialogues, different groups of

Students explore
Ajloun Castle in the
North of Jordan,
built in 1184, which
protected the
communication
routes between
Jordan and Syria.

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International Educator - May/June 2013
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From the Editors
Front Lines
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Voices: Kofi Annan
Peace Pathways
Shared Solutions
San Francisco State Shines in Long-Term Study Abroad
Education Abroad
Foreign Student Affairs
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