Mapping Democracy

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    Fikrun wa Fann was a cultural magazine published by the Goethe Institute from 1963 to 2016 that supported and shaped the cultural exchange between Germany and Islamic countries. Together with the publishing of the last issue, “Flight and Displacement” (issue 105), in autumn of 2016 the maintenance and updating of this online portal was ceased.


    Democracy is being discussed in very different contexts at present; for instance, as the political system of the future in the Arab states of North Africa seeking a new political order after the overthrow of their dictators. For young elites democracy is seen as a guarantee of a change for the better, future opportunities, and political co-determination. This positive narrative of democracy contrasts with the almost simultaneous outbreak of waves of protest. The financial crisis led to the development of enormous potential for the mobilisation of social movements. Our current issue about „Mapping Democracy“ investigates today’s discussion of democracy in all its ambivalence: democracy as both full of promise and in, integrating and excluding society, and as a sovereign political system corrupted by private interests.

    Stefan Weidner
    Editor-in-Chief, Fikrun wa Fann/Art&Thought

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