Lecture The Cultural Impact of Arab Authors in Germany

Stefan Weidner © Stefan Weidner

Sat, 02.12.2017

Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC), Doha

Lecture by Stefan Weidner

The German Embassy Doha and the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region cooperate with the Ministry of Culture and Sports to inform the audience of the Qatari capital on the German book market and present selected books in German, English and Arabic. The Doha International Book Fair takes place at the Doha Exhibition & Convention Centre from 29 November to 5 December 2017. During the fair various talks and presentations will take place as part of a varied program offered by the German institutions.

Since the 1970s Germany has increasingly become the destination of choice for emigrés from the Arab world and Iran. They came to Germany to study, or for political reasons, often fleeing war and political persecution. Many of them stayed in Germany and have contributed equally to cultural life in Germany and in their home countries, often acting as mediators between the two cultures. Many of them write in both languages; others have decided to make the German language their own, while others still continue to write in their mother tongue. The lecture by Stefan Weidner, editor-in-chief of the magazine “Fikrun wa Fann”, gives an overview of the most important personalities of Arab cultural life in Germany, about their work and their impact.