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February 27, 2014

Bahá’í Award for the Study of Peace and ConflictFu’ad Foroughi (left) presented Husam Alsousi (right) with the 2014 Baha’i Award for the Study of Peace and Conflict.
For the past several years, the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Ottawa has sponsored the Bahá'í Award for the Study of Peace and Conflict at Saint Paul University. This award is granted on an annual basis to a deserving full-time student entering their second year in the Master of Arts program in Conflict Studies at St. Paul’s. The Award recognizes academic excellence and a personal and professional commitment to understanding the root causes of conflict and the promotion of non-violent conflict resolution.

This year, Husam Alsousi was chosen to receive this award for his thesis research entitled “Diverging Perceptions of Palestinian Youth for the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict.” Mr. Alsousi traveled to Palestine to conduct his research with groups of university aged Palestinian Youth in two different areas. He presented each group with the open ended question “What is the Palestinian- Israeli conflict?” and from this question gathered a great amount of information on the opinions of young people both on this question and also on political affiliation.

The Award was presented by Mr. Fu’ad Foroughi on behalf of the Spiritual Assembly on Thursday, February 27 at a noon hour seminar. Following the award presentation, Mr. Alsousi presented his research and responded to questions.

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