February 28, 2022
Researchers Dominic Packer and Jay Van Bavel write in the Atlantic about research showing that group conflict isn't the inevitable destiny of humanity. Amongst the optimistic research they cite is Salma Mousa's study supported by IPA showing how interfaith soccer leagues in post-ISIS Iraq could reduce tensions between Christian and Muslim players.
November 13, 2020
The Social Science Space podcast interviews Salma Mousa, who combinined her interests in sports and contact theory in a study of interfaith soccer teams in northern Iraq. Mousa explains what the results may teach us about improving relationships between social groups, even in post-war settings.
August 31, 2020
Following coverage in a recent press release Science’s podcast interviews Salma Mousa on her work evaluating interfaith soccer teams to build tolerance in post-conflict Iraq. (Note: interview starts at 15:10).
New Study: In Iraq, Mixed-Religion Soccer Teams Helped Build Social Cohesion, Healed Wounds after War
August 14, 2020
A new study, released today in Science, points to a way to help repair social ties and promote coexistence after war. The study found that in post-ISIS Iraq, mixing Christians and Muslims on soccer teams made Christian players more tolerant toward Muslims in their league, though the sentiments did not extend to Muslims in the broader community. The findings suggest that meaningful social contact can build community-level social cohesion with peers and acquaintances after war.
December 18, 2019
PBS' Nova special The Violence Paradox, with Steven Pinker, explores evidence-based methods of reducing violence. They interview Political Scientist Salma Mousa and show her RCT in Iraq encouraging social contact between Christians and Muslims in post-ISIS Iraq with interfaith soccer teams.