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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.
    Fikrun wa Fann (“Thought and Art”) was a cultural magazine of the Goethe Institute fostering the dialogue with the Islamic world from 1963 to 2016. Its editor-in-chief from 2001 to 2016 was the scholar of Islamic studies Stefan Weidner. The magazine most recently was published twice a year with a circulation of approximately 18 000 copies in three languages: Arabic, English and Farsi. German versions of the articles are also available on the website.

    Half a century of German-Arabic and European-Islamic cultural and intellectual history are reflected in the history of the magazine. Founded in 1963 by Annemarie Schimmel and Albert Theile, Fikrun wa Fann was, over decades, an important medium for the dialogue with Islamic countries. With distinguished contributions by authors from Germany and Islamic countries, the magazine was a platform for information and exchange with and within Islamic countries.

    The dialogue between Europe and Islamic countries remains a matter of the greatest relevance for the Goethe Institute. However, it has become clear that the dialogue in a world in which information and communication habits have changed must be carried out differently and with new formats and content. At present, you can inform yourself through the country portals of the Goethe Institute, for example in Egypt www.goethe.de/aegypten, Indonesia www.goethe.de/indonesien or Turkey www.goethe.de/tuerkei , which offer a wealth of multimedia content for the intercultural dialogue between Europe and Arab countries or countries with Islamic influence. The Goethe Institute will gradually continue to expand the editorial contributions in the coming years and add interactive elements and interfaces to the social media presence, as well as enable reader comments and/or participation.

    We thank all the readers of Fikrun wa Fann for their interest and we would be pleased if you continue to show interest for the projects and the work of the Goethe Institute.
    Translated by Zena-Gabrielle Hailu