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German Connections - Goethe and Iqbal in Today's Scenario

The Pakistan-German Friendship Society “Goethe-Zentrum” in association with Iqbal-Academy, Lahore and Institute of Communication Studies, Punjab University is organizing “International Conference DIALOGUE versus CONFLICT” - GOETHE and IQBAL in Today’s Scenario - on Nov 30-Dec 1, 2006 at The Aiwan-e-Iqbal, Lahore.

The idea of this conference and its connection to the great thinkers and philosophers Allama Muhammad Iqbal (1877-1938) and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) is not hard to see. A connection between Goethe’s message of friendship and respect to the East in his “West-Östlicher-Divan (West-Eastern-Divan)” and Iqbal’s “Mard-e-Momin”, who, while being a devoted Muslim, is required to gain knowledge from West and from East. By stressing upon character building among Muslims, Iqbal preached the ways of dialogue and peaceful co-existence of cultures instead of conflict. 

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