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.
    Although some contributions to the discussion about migration are not exactly encouraging, people in Germany are finally talking openly about a demographic reality. Many foreigners in Germany are of Muslim origin. But what, actually, is German? And what is Islamic? Fikrun wa Fann/Art and Thought contributes to the discussion about the impact of migration for society and culture.

    What is your opinion on this subject? Write to kulturzeitschriften@goethe.de!

    No More Migration-Ali

    Projekt Migration. Exhibition Kölnischer Kunstverein. Foto/Copyright: Stefan Weidner
    At Home Here, Successful Here: Four Portraits of the New Turkish-Origin Middle Class.
    By Susanne GaschkeMore ...
    Ben Plefka: from the series 'Spaces of Encounter' 2002/2003. Copyright: edition Körber-Stiftung, Hamburg 2003

    Global Migration – Migration in Europe

    Europe has economic and political ties with the whole world. In terms of its geographic location, it is the western extremity of the Eurasian continent. Its people are a migrating species. These three characteristics alone explain why Europe is right at the heart of international migration movements.
    By Franck DüvellMore ...

    Migration and Religion

    Moschee in Gelsenkirchen/Mosque in Gelsenkrichen, Germany. Copyright: Liebthal
    The relationship between region and migration can be approached in two ways. What is the significance of religion in the context of migration? And: what significance does migration have for religion? Normally the emphasis is on the first of these two questions. People then ask how important religion is in the self-organisation and mobilisation of migrants. The second question is largely passed over. In this text the emphasis is different: it asks in what way the experience of migration endows the religious search with a specific orientation, what questions it raises and what answers it presents.
    By Werner SchiffauerMore ...

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