The history of the magazine reflects half a century of German-Arabic and European-Islamic cultural and intellectual history. Founded in 1963 by Annemarie Schimmel und Albert Theile, Fikrun wa Fann is an important and universally recognised medium in cultural dialogue. Since 2001 the magazine has been run by Islamic studies expert Stefan Weidner and has since become the only publication of its kind to appear in Farsi.
With high-ranking authors from Germany and the Islamic world, the magazine is a platform for information and exchange with and within Islam-orientated cultural groups.
Fikrun wa Fann deals in depth with current cultural and socio-political issues and also serves as an open forum for controversial topics. With its debates that cross country borders, the magazine is a unique medium for the Islam-orientated world. Fikrun wa Fann is known for its literarily challenging articles and the unique aesthetic quality of its outstanding illustrations.
Fikrun wa Fann is published twice annually in a print run of almost 20,000 copies in three languages: Arabic, English and Farsi. The magazine articles are also available in German on the website.