Pakistan’s gateway to another world — Photos on Qantara de

Far away from Pakistan’s motorways and cities, there are regions of the country where centuries-old forts, imposing shrines and natural attractions – largely unknown to most travellers – are just waiting to be discovered. Julis Koch takes us on a photographic trip through Punjab and Gilgit-Baltistan Upper Kachura Lake is located at an altitude of…

German textbooks are behind the times in their treatment of Islam and immigration — Viola B. Georgi from the University of Hildesheim

How German textbooks present Islam and immigration-“Diversity is part of everyday life” — Qantara de ***** Read this article in Deutsch Islam und Migration in Schulbüchern, “Vielfalt als Teil des Alltags” — Qantara de ***** In conversation with Arnd Zickgraf, Viola B. Georgi from the University of Hildesheim explains why German textbooks are behind the…

For Islam and democracy |Manifesto published by Muslim intellectuals — Qantara de

***** Read article in Deutsch: Für Islam und Demokratie|Manifest muslimischer Intellektueller — Qantara de ***** Read in Arabic: ميثاق مفكرين مسلمين لتحديد معالم التفسير التقدمي للإسلام نحو إسلام ديمقراطي يوائم قيم ومتطلبات الحداثة *****   Muslim intellectuals have called on their fellow believers to indentify the failures of Muslim societies and develop an Islam for…

"I don’t know how Mohammed can be offended" — Interview with Harry Harun Behr, professor of educational science with focus on Islam at the Goethe University in Frankfurt.

***** Read article in Deutsch „Ich weiß nicht, wie man Mohammed beleidigen kann“  — Interview mit Harry Harun Behr, Professor für Erziehungswissenschaft mit dem Schwerpunkt Islam an der Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt ***** The Muslim religious educator Harry Harun Behr promotes openness in theology. Stefan Toepfer spoke to him about violence, teaching Islam, the fight against…

Study on attitudes in "Post-migrant Germany"| Do you love Germany? — Qantara de article in English, German and Arabic languages

A new study entitled “Post-migrant Germany” set out to investigate attitudes on national identity in Germany. According to the results, these attitudes are ambivalent: people in Germany are open-minded, yet many in mainstream society have major reservations with respect to Muslim immigrants. By Claudia Mende ***** Read this article in Deutsch Studie “Deutschland postmigrantisch” |…

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,…

UK: Launch of the digital television channel Alchemiya| A dose of positivity in dark times — Qantara de on Journalist Navid Akhtar’s new TV channel

***** Read this article in Deutsch,-German language Video-on-Demand-Plattform “Alchemiya”|Schöner neuer Islam ***** A new London-based media start-up seeks to counter the warped portrayal of Islam. The digital television channel Alchemiya intends to showcase only positive content. Sounds a bit cheesy? Perhaps it is, says Jannis Hagmann, but it just might be a smart business idea…

"Religion is God’s, but democracy belongs to everyone!" | Six lessons learned from Tunisia’s recent elections — Qantara de article which says Tunisia is ahead of other Arab countries| (Read in Deutsch and Arabic languages)

***** Read this article in Deutsch (German language) Politische Perspektiven nach dem Arabischen Frühling| “Die Religion ist Gottes, die Demokratie aber gehört allen!” ***** Read this article in Arabic language “إسلاميون وديمقراطيون عرب”: دروس من تونس للنخب العربية والغربية دروس التجربة التونسية: سقوط أساطير “الاستثناء العربي” ***** The most recent elections in Tunisia have made…

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…

In his essay “History of the Caliphate-We are all caliphs!” Stefan Weidner writes that according to verse 165 of the sixth sura of Koran, we are all God’s successors (caliphs) upon the earth."

***** Read this Essay in Deutsch (German) language: Geschichte des Kalifats – Wir alle sind Kalifen! ***** History of the Caliphate -We are all caliphs!  — Qantara de The history of the Caliphate is, with a few exceptions, an unstable and unhappy one. In this essay, Stefan Weidner explains why the self-appointed caliphs of today,…