Dr. Saliba Sarsar

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Sarsar was born and raised in Jerusalem. At age 11, he lived through the Six-Day War, an experience that led him to engage in volunteer work as a youth and in later years, to focus his studies and community activities on conflict resolution, reconciliation, and peace building. Seven Gates explores his personal journey into the depth of dialogue, inclusion, and peace.

Dr. Sarsar says, “Each community transmits its memory to future generations through poetry and prose, prayers and songs. Seven Gates speaks with a trans-communal voice. It is meant to rediscover the essence of the human condition and direct its energy toward understanding ‘the other’ and the environment of which we are all a part.”

Sarsar’s first book of poetry, Crosswinds, was published in 1999. His individual poems have appeared in a variety of venues, including The Monmouth Review, The New York Times, and Asbury Park Press. In April 2003, Sarsar was featured in The New York Times, “His Mission: Finding Why People Fight – A Witness to Mideast Conflict Turns to Dialogue and Peace.”

Sarsar is professor of political science and associate vice president for academic program initiatives at Monmouth University.  He serves on the board of directors of the American Task Force on Palestine (ATFP), the Jacob Landau Institute (JLI), and the Water Resources Action Project (WRAP). He co-edited (with Father Drew Christiansen) Patriarch Michel Sabbah, Faithful Witness: On Reconciliation and Peace in the Holy Land.

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