Federal Foreign Office of Germany
Dialogue with the Islamic World
The Federal Government has been conducting intensive dialogue with the Islamic world since the mid-1990s. Dialogue with Islam became a political focus of the German Federal Foreign Office in the aftermath of 11 September 2001. The aim of the dialogue is to discuss values, viewpoints and opinions without trying to avoid controversy. Deep-set clichés are to be replaced by qualified perceptions and not through drawn-out exchanges at the highest level, rather through concrete projects.
For information in Arabic see the German Information Centre in Cairo
The Arabic word 'qantara' means bridge. The Internet portal Qantara.de represents the concerted effort of the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Center for Political Education) Deutsche Welle, the Goethe Institut and the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (Institute for Foreign Relations) to promote dialogue with the Islamic world.
The task of the ifa, a mediator of German foreign cultural policy on behalf of the Federal Foreign Office, is the fostering of cross-cultural understanding through international co-operation in all aspects of culture, and the furtherance of peace.
The Goethe-Institut is the Federal Republic of Germany's cultural institution operational worldwide. It is also focusing on the Dialogue with the Islam and provides information in English and Arabic.
German Middle East Studies Association (DAVO)
The German Middle East Studies Association for Contemporary Research and Documentation (DAVO) was established in 1993. It focuses on the contemporary Middle East and North Africa operates a website containing conference announcements, information on research centers and other institutions, recent articles in journals, announcements of grants and other information relevant to Middle East studies.
German Institute for Middle East Studies (DOI)
The Hamburg based German Institute for Middle East Studies uses a multi-disciplinary approach to study contemporary political, economic, and social developments in the countries of North Africa, the Near East, Middle East, and of Central Asia.
Centre for Modern Oriental Studies (ZMO)
The Centre for Modern Oriental Studies in Berlin is a German research institute devoted to an interdisciplinary and comparative study of the Middle East, Africa, South and Southeast Asia from a historical perspective. Current research focuses on the interaction between predominantly Muslim societies and their relations with non-Muslim neighbours.
Middle East Virtual Library (MENALIB)
The Middle East Virtual Library is an information portal for Middle East and Islamic Studies. It provides access to online information and to digital records of printed and other offline media and thus supports the concept of a hybrid library for Middle East and Islamic Studies.
Library on Migration Information Resources in the Middle East
The e-Library on Migration Resources in the Middle East is operated by the International Organization for Migration, Cairo Mission (with regional functions for the Middle East). It is a web-based archive containing resources on migration-related information in the Middle East and its search engine is in English and Arabic.
Migration de retour vers le Maghreb (MIREM)
The project on the Collective Action to Support the Reintegration of Return Migrants to their Country of Origin' is funded by the European Union and the European University Institute. The MIREM project aims at examining the current challenges linked to return migration and its impact on development. Analytical tools will be devised to assess the factors that shape returnees' patterns of reintegration in the Maghreb countries (i.e. Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia). All the information and data produced by the MIREM will be made freely accessible. with a view to stimulating a constructive debate on this issue.