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Peaceful Change and Violent Conflict - The Transformation of the Middle East and Western-Muslim Relations’

PD Dr Fleschenberg dos Ramos Pinéu co-organises the international project ‘Peaceful Change and Violent Conflict - The Transformation of the Middle East and Western-Muslim Relations‘ with PD Dr. Jochen Hippler (Institute of Development and Peace / University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany). The project is funded under the DAAD scheme University Dialogue with Islamic Worldand brings together researchers of universities in Germany (University of Duisburg-Essen), Morocco (Mohammed V.-Souissi University, Rabat), Iran (University of Tehran) and Pakistan (Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad). Regularly, summer schools with students from Germany, Iran, Marocco and Pakistan are held. Visit the program website for further information.  

The so-called ‘Arab Spring’ has not only transformed the political system and social fabric within societies in the Middle East, but also their relation to the rest of the world. This projects specifically examines the impact of the ‘Arabbelion‘ on Western-Muslim relations.

The project aims to not only strengthen academic cooperation among the participating countries, but also to contribute to intercultural dialogue and understanding.

Past conferences:

 ‘The role of external actors in transformation processes in the MENA region and Western-       Muslim relations’, Al Akhawayn University, Morocco (11-13th June 2014)

Lecture: Decentering Perspectives on Western-Muslim Relations - Views from the Pakistani "Periphery" together with Prof. Dr. Saadia Abid (12th June 2014)

‘Youth, State and Social Change’, Quaid-i-Azam University (09-14th September 2013)

Lecture: Dr. Andrea Fleschenberg: Afghani Women in Politics (10th September 2014)

‘Peaceful Change and Violent Conflict‘, Duisburg (30th July - 4th August 2012)

Presentation: ‘Factors of Regime (in)stability: the role of the military’ (1st August 2012)

German-Pakistani Joint Seminar and Study Tour Series

Since 2012, three times a group of students from the National Institute of Pakistan Studies, Quaid-i-Azam University (Pakistan), holds a joint seminar with a group of political science students from Philipps-University Marburg (Germany). This DAAD-supported project is financed by the German Federal Foreign Office program fund on Good Governance in Pakistan. It is organized collaboratively by PD Dr. Andrea Fleschenberg dos Ramos Pinéu and Prof. Dr. Ursula Birsl from Philipps-University Marburg.

After a semester-long preparation, the joint seminar always takes place in Marburg where students of both countries present their results and discuss similarities and differences with regard to their countries and regions.

This joint seminar is part of a study tour of the Pakistani delegation to Marburg and Berlin. Each year the project focuses on a specific topic:

Winter-Term 2012/13: ‘Investigating Democracy in Theory and Practice‘

Winter 2013/14: ‘Reviewing Good Governance and Public Policy-Making in Europe and South Asia’ (19-27 January 2014)

Summer-Term 2013/14: ‘Reviewing Political Participation and Good Governance in Europe and South Asia‘

Winter Term 2012/2013: Investigating Democracy in Theory and Practice

The first joint seminar of this new DAAD-funded project was launched during the winter semester 2012/2013. Pakistani students at the Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad and the Philipps-Universität Marburg (Germany) worked parallel on questions of democracy and its challenges. During a study tour in January 2013, the Pakistani group visited Marburg University and students of both countries presented their results and discussed similarities and differences. Prof. Dr. Ursula Birsl was the cooperation partner from Marburg University.

After their arrival, the Pakistani group stayed in Marburg for three days. Students of both countries worked in groups on questions like:

  • .Which universal fundamental rights should be enshrined and safeguarded in the constitution of your ideal of democracy?
  • Who has the power in your democracy and how is it organized?
  • What are the most important tasks and duties of the state in your ideal of democracy?

Moreover, Prof. Dr. John Kannankulam gave a guest lecture on “The Euro-crisis and its challenges to European Democracies”.

After the sessions in Marburg, the bi-national group went to Berlin to visit political state and non-state actors for five days. The program included for example meetings with members of the parliament, Exit Germany (an initiative against right-wing extremism) and the Gunda-Werner Institute for Gender-Democracy. Another important focus of the program was the German way of coming to terms with its past (“Vergannenheitsbewältigung”). To learn about it, the group visited the Museum for the GDR Secret Police (Stasi), the Topography of Terror and the former Stasi Prison at Hohenschönhausen. Moreover, the group visited the Jewish Museum and had a guided tour through the city.

Two reports form the Pakistani students' persepctive:

"A Study Tour to Germany"

"A Visit to a Frist-World Country"

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