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.