From 9/11 to the Arab Revolutions

    About Fikrun

    Fikrun wa Fann is a cultural magazine that encourages and makes a contribution towards shaping cultural exchange between Germany and Islam-orientated cultural groups. Authors from Germany, Europe and the Islamic world have their say alongside other international voices. In addition to information and dialogue with and within Islam-orientated countries, Fikrun wa Fann also offers a literary forum for current socio-political debates.

    Editorial

    When we were planning this edition of “Fikrun wa Fann/Art&Thought” last November and decided that our topic would be ’10 Years After 9/11’, none of us could have dreamed that, half a year on, the Arab world would find itself in a state of radical upheaval. By Stefan WeidnerMore ...

    The Arab Revolutions

      Storm from the East: Is the Arab Revolution Here to Stay or Just a Passing Thing?

      Is the Arab Revolution Here to Stay or Just a Passing Thing? What is it about the recent Arab revolts that so gladdens our hearts? By Ali al-MuqriMore ...

      An Act of Collective Heroism – The Revolution in Egypt

      The Egyptians surprised not only their government but also themselves when, in just eighteen days, they succeeded in overthrowing a corrupt and brutal regime that had gone unchallenged for thirty years. By Girgis ShukriMore ...

      Thoughts and Opinions About the New Arab Revolutions
      A Tunisian View

      The widespread upheavals in several Arab countries have brought about deep-founded change. By Hassouna MosbahiMore ...

      9/11 - Ten Years After

        Islamic Night

        The Indo-Pakistani journalist Aatish Taseer made a name for himself with his book Stranger to History about his father who was shot in January 2011 because he had campaigned for greater religious tolerance in Pakistan. By Aatish TaseerMore ...

        9/11, Iran, and the Road to the Future

        In his essay, the well-known Iranian religious intellectual describes the reaction to 9/11 in Iran, highlights some of the root causes of terrorism, and suggests how it can meaningfully be countered. By Hasan Yousefi EshkevariMore ...

        Fundamentalists in Hibernation

        The Lebanese author Alawiyya Sobh explains why Salafi fundamentalists cannot claim to speak in the name of Islam. By Alawiyya SobhMore ...

        The First Years of My Generation – Identities Beyond Nation, History, and Ideology

        Identities Beyond Nation, History and Ideology. By Ahmad al-WaselMore ...

        Kabul, Napoleon, Chicken Skin

        Afghanistan was the country for which September 11th brought the most far-reaching changes, both positive and negative. The young Afghan writer Taqi Akhlaqi gives his own personal description of life in Afghanistan today. By Taqi AkhlaqiMore ...

        Universal Shorthand – The Post 9/11 Decade and the War on Terror

        What was 9/11 like for an Iraqi Christian emigrée to the US, and what, for her, were the consequences? How this history has changed her life. By Yasmeen HanooshMore ...

        Victims of Myths

        How did discussion about 9/11 in the Arab world differ from the Western view of events? The Iraqi author Ali Badr demonstrates how hard it can be to align different experiences and perceptions of 9/11. By Ali BadrMore ...

        From 9/11 to the Present – Looking Back and Looking Ahead

        Ten years have passed since the terrible event and we are still groping in the dark. The facts that have become known up to now are insufficient for us to reach a conclusive judgement. We are still dependent on speculation. By Bahman NirumandMore ...

        A Generation of Believers
        1991 – 2001 – 2011

        In the past ten years far too many things have come under discussion as apparent consequences of the attacks. But what has really changed in the world since the 9/11 attacks? By Sonja HegasyMore ...

        The Invisible Wall Between Peoples
        A Plea for Culture Instead of Confrontation

        9/11 is just one event in a long series of clashes carried over like a hereditary affliction from one generation to the next. But the response to destruction is only ever fear and fresh destruction. By Abbas MaroufiMore ...

        September – An extract from the novel

        Thomas Lehr’s novel September has been celebrated by German critics as a sophisticated retelling of the events of 9/11 and the subsequent war in Iraq. We present the beginning of the novel. By Thomas LehrMore ...

        Reviews

          The Constitutional State in Meltdown

          In his book 9/11: Der Tag, die Angst, die Folgen [9/11: The Day, the Fear, the Consequences] Bernd Greiner describes why the Western states with their war on terror only provoke more terror, and in doing so are risking what they always extol so highly: their rationality. By Simone FalkMore ...

          To Tahrir Square, Please!

          Khalid Al Khamissi's Book Taxi Explains the Causes of the Revolution. With this book we have before us the ultimate text on the Egyptian revolution. By Stefan WeidnerMore ...