Autumn is a time of reflection and contemplation and so -
appropriate to the time of the year - we publish in this new virtual issue a
couple of articles that look thoughtfully - back and forth - and ask many
questions that concern all nations.
Why is it so difficult for the Arab world to catch up with modernism? What are the hindrances of establishing it and how can they be overcome? Some more deep questions that want an answer. Abdallah Turkmani, a Syrian author living in Tunesia, examines the historical, economical, social, cultural and political reasons for the crisis and concludes that pushing up democracy is first priority to be able to break out of isolation in a globally playing world.
Finally the famous modern Syrian philosopher Tayyib Tisini wonders - in view of the increasing international pressure on Islam - whether we should search for the solution starting out from current Islam as it is lived in reality or from Islam as it has been delivered in the historic scripts? Islam is ideology as well as it embodies concrete economical interests. The apologetically structured article shows a very differentiated image of Islam by analyzing the issue of pluralism and individualism in Islam.
Hamid Fadlalla, a Sudanese physician and human rights
activist living in Berlin/Germany, reports about the "Centre for Torture
Victims" in Berlin.
We complete this autumn issue with two Poems by Rainer Maria Rilke on autumn, "Herbst" and "Herbsttag", translated into Arabic by Hakam Abdelhadi.
I hope you enjoy your reading!