About Fikrun

    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.
    What are the issues of concern to young people in the Arab and the Western world? For many of them, life is dominated by a fear of the future and by intergenerational conflicts. Fikrun wa Fann/Art and Thought depicts scenes from the lives of young people in Cairo, Beirut and Berlin who are seeking their own path between tradition and modernity.

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    Islam in the Classroom

    Interaction with Muslims is part of everyday life in German schools. Religion is often seen as the cause of many problems, and many Muslims use Islam to justify their position on school activities such as swimming lessons and class trips. By Sanem Kleff

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    The Young Can No Longer Dream

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    Half the population of Egypt is now under 20. The education system and the country’s economy offer young people hardly any opportunities for the future. And in Lebanon, even today, it is above all your background that determines your prospects of success.

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    Come, Stay, And Change

    Copyright: picture-alliance/dpaHow do children and young people come to terms with their status as migrants? What problems do they have, how do they resolve them, and what subcultures are established as a result?

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    Violence and Honour

    Copyright: picture-alliance/dpaWhile juvenile delinquency in Berlin is falling overall, the number of crimes committed by young migrants in the German capital is steadily on the increase. The neglect of young foreigners and the problems they encounter at school, at home, and when job-hunting have been ignored for too long.

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