Indonesia’s Minangkabau culture promotes empowered Muslim women — By Sadiq Bhanbhro on The Conversation com

Though music and dancing are contentious topics in Islam, the Minang people cherish their traditional performing arts in their ceremonies and festivals. Sadiq Bhanbhro, Author provided In most of the Western world, the image of Muslim women is often distorted. Muslim women have been represented as homogeneous, veiled, submissive, helpless, oppressed and powerless victims. Across…

Food as a Social and Cultural Signifier in Arab Societies — Institute of Ismaili Studies|Paper presented by Dr. Nuha Al-Shaar at American University of Beirut

Dr Nuha Al-Shaar presented a paper on The Ritualisation of Food and Table-talk in Arabic Traditions at a conference organised by the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA). Entitled, Insatiable Appetite: Food as a Cultural Signifier, the conference highlighted how food not only serves to build bridges, but is also a potent marker…

Cultural rapprochement with Iran: ‘Laden with promise’|Qantara de on future culture exchante between Iran and Germany | Interview with Ali Fathollah-Nejad

Following the historic Iran nuclear deal that was clinched in Vienna in July 2015 and the subsequent lifting of sanctions against Iran in mid-January 2016, Germany and Iran are now looking for ways to stimulate cultural dialogue and exchange between the two countries. Dorothea Grassmann talks to Ali Fathollah-Nejad Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Tehran…

Preservation of cultural heritage|From 1981 to 2015 Germany funded more than 2700 projects in 144 countries — Federal Foreign Office

Since 1981, Germany has been supporting the preservation of cultural heritage across the globe as part of the Cultural Preservation Programme of the Federal Foreign Office. Preservation of cultural heritage (Luang Prabang) © Federal Foreign Office Support is given to projects to preserve cultural heritage abroad and to protect German cultural heritage abroad, except in…

Syrisches Exilorchester in Bremen: Musik gegen die blutigen Bilder– Newly founded Syrian Exile Orchestra’s First performance was very much successful with the Support of German public

Mehr als Kampf und Krieg: das syrische Exilorchester spielte in Bremen vor ausverkauften Haus. Das Konzert soll nur den Anfang sein – das Ensemble will ab jetzt regelmäßig auftreten. Mit Unterstützung der deutschen Kollegen spielte das “Syrian Expat Philharmonic Orchestra”. – Foto: imago/epd Geflüchtete Profi-Musiker aus Syrien haben am Dienstagabend in Bremen zusammen mit deutschen…

Syrian Refugees Get Together in Germany to Found a Full Blown Symphony Orchestra — Kvart and Bolge com|Syria is a land of music and culture – Bassist Raed Jazbeh

Lesen Sie hier in Deutsch: Syrisches Exil-Orchester in Bremen gegründet — von Gerhard Snitjer in NDR de Bassist Raed Jazbeh A group of Syrian professional musicians have found themselves amongst the chaos and have announced their first concert for Tuesday the 22nd of September under the name of the Syrian Expat Philharmonic Orchestra in the German…

Syrisches Exil-Orchester in Bremen gegründet — von Gerhard Snitjer in NDR de

Read here in English: Syrian Refugees Get Together in Germany to Found a Full Blown Symphony Orchestra — Kvart and Bolge com|Syria is a land of music and culture – Bassist Raed Jazbeh Im Syrian Expat Philharmonic Orchestra spielen professionelle Musiker aus Syrien – viele von ihnen kamen als Flüchtlinge nach Europa. Bassist Raed Jazbeh Zu…

German Embassy goes Bollywood, launches ‘Lebe Jetzt – Kal Ho Naa Ho’ music video| Ambassador Michael Steiner as Hero

  Traditional diplomacy was about government-to-government relations. Modern diplomacy is more about people-to-people relations. And culture is central here. This is why Michael Steiner, German Ambassador to India, and Salman Khurshid, former Foreign Minister of India, without taking themselves too seriously, plunged into uncharted waters. Together with Eliese Steiner and under the direction of Sumit…

Germany’s IFA Institute: Project Mausam to connect 39 Indian Ocean countries | Activities already commenced in India by Archaeological Survey of India and partners

Project Mausam aims to establish cross-cultural links among 39 Indian Ocean countries. Photo: Horia Varlan (CC BY 2.0) The word “Mausam” or Arabic “Mawsim” carried a special meaning for ancient seafarers, as this was the time that ships could safely sail the Indian Ocean. Mausam is also the name given to a project launched at…

Aga Khan Receives India’s Padma Vibhushan Award — AKDN org

His Highness the Aga Khan receiving the Padma Vibhushan Award from President Pranab Mukherjee of India. Photo: AKDN New Delhi, India, 8 April, 2015 –His Excellency Pranab Mukherjee, President of India, today awarded His Highness the Aga Khan the Padma Vibhushan, one of the country’s highest civilian decorations, for his contributions to social development in…

Restoration of monuments after consulting professional agencies: D.C. — Hindu com India

“Restoration of medieval era monuments will be taken up in consultation with professional art restoring agencies,” P.C. Jaffer, Deputy Commissioner, said in Bidar on Thursday. (…) Ratish Nanda of the Aga Khan foundation urged the government to take up conservation works with community participation.There could be no conservation without addressing social and economicissues.   Conservation…

Qantara review 2014: Your favourite articles of the year — Qantara de

This year, roughly 450 English-language articles were published on Qantara.de. These articles covered a huge variety of topics from the civil war in Syria, the rise of IS, and the Gaza conflict to elections in Tunisia, Turkey, India and Egypt. We also took a closer look at Islamophobia in Germany and worldwide, integration in Europe,…

Afghan idioms and proverbs: “The arrival of the king leads to the downfall of the village” — Qantara de article by Kathrin Erdmann who met Noor Nazrabi the author of the reference book

Read this article in Deutsch Afghanische Redensarten und Volksweisheiten: “Die Ankunft des Königs führt zum Untergang des Dorfes” ***** Afghanistan is a multi-ethnic nation with language rich in idioms and proverbs. These are an integral element of the country’s culture, although less familiar to young Afghans these days. The German-Afghan Noor Nazrabi has collected many…