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.
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    Where God Lives: Brain Research and Religion

    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 Ulrich KraftMore ...

    The Deepest View: Tunnel Trips to the Large Hadron Collider

    German novelist Thomas Lehr here describes a visit to CERN, the world’s largest elementary particle accelerator, just outside Geneva. What is actually done in this three billion dollar research centre? What discoveries are worth so much to scientists?By Thomas LehrMore ...

    En Route to Designer Babies?

    A discussion with the biologist Renée Schroeder and the philosopher Peter Kampits about the opportunities and risks of genetic engineering and the ethical considerations involved. More ...
    Professor Dr. Christoph Markschies; Copyright: Humboldt-Universität

    Humanities Year: "Researching and Answering Civil Society's Questions"

    The German Education Ministry has announced a "science year" every 12 months since 2000. Only the natural and engineering sciences have been featured to date. But in 2007 it's the humanities' turn in the limelight. We talked about that with Christoph Markschies, president of Humboldt University in Berlin.More ...
    Mikroskopische Aufnahmen; Copyright © Max-Planck-Institut für Immunbiologie

    The National Ethics Council - Advisor on Bio-Ethical Issues

    The German Ethics Council (Deutscher Ethikrat) will be commencing its activities on 1st July 2007 and in doing so will be continuing the work of the National Ethics Council set up in 2001. Just like its predecessor institution it will serve as an independent public forum for the discussion of ethical questions relating to the life sciences.More ...