Master of Arts in Liberal Studies
 

Ashley Lackovich

Ashley Lackovich
While completing the
requirements for her
Master's degree, Ashley
Lackovich lived and
worked on the West
Bank in Israel, where
she had direct access
to the sources for her
final project.

While she was completing the requirements for her Master's degree, Ashley Lackovich lived and worked on the West Bank in Israel, where she had direct access to the sources for her final project, "Consecrated Community, Sacred Spaces and National Indifference: Religious Identity as a Survival Tool for Palestinian Orthodox Christians in Israel and the Palestinian Territories." Many people fail to realize that a small community of Orthodox Christians also occupies the West Bank and that they struggle for political as well as personal identity while surrounded by Jews and Muslims. Although Ashley based much of her final project on personal interviews with the members of this group, she used scholarship to explore various aspects that affect the existence of this group. Studying topics as diverse as ethnic conflict, historical narratives, peace education, and human rights, Ashley supplemented her face-to-face interviews with readings in minority and national identity, the influence of time and place on identity, and the concept of sacred space. Her qualitative analysis and perceptive insights add significant details to our understanding of a complex, multifaceted area of the Middle East that challenges our ways of thinking and proposes new perspectives on the resolution of conflict.

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