When he is thirteen years old, Ahmad Milad Karimi has to flee from war-torn Afghanistan with his family. After numerous detours, they reach Germany in 1993 and find accommodation in a home for asylum seekers. Against all odds, Karimi struggles his way through the German education system. A refugee attending lower secondary school becomes a student whose doctoral thesis is on Hegel, who translates the Koran into German and is eventually appointed professor at the University of Münster.
In his autobiographical book, Ahmad Milad Karimi tells with subtle humor how new things arise from crossing cultural borders and that "home" need not be tied to one place.
Moderated by Yasemin Shooman
W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
Klaus Mangold Auditorium
Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin (Opposite the Museum)
Ahmad Milad Karimi was born in Kabul in 1979. He studied philosophy, mathematics, and Islamic studies in Darmstadt, Freiburg, and New Delhi and gained his doctorate with a thesis on "Identity – difference – contradiction. Hegel and Heidegger."
Since 2012, he has been guest professor for Kalam, Islamic philosophy, and mysticism at Münster University.
Where, when, what?
- 10 March 2015, 7.30 pm
Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 BerlinSee location on map
(Opposite the Museum)
W. M. Blumenthal Academy, Klaus Mangold Auditorium
Event Series: New German Stories (14)
New German Stories
Since 2014, New German Stories has been illustrating Germany’s past and present as a multiethnic society through the lens of individual lives. The event series includes readings, film screenings, and conversations.
Phral mende – Who We Are
15 March 2018
Film and Discussion on Perspectives of Sinti and Roma in Germany
Germanija. How I Became an Adult and a Jew in Germany
19 October 2017
Reading and discussion on Dmitrij Belkin's narrative that also throws light on immigration today.
With Karamba to the Bundestag
1 June 2017
Reading and Discussion with Karamba Diaby (in German)
Eine Sintifamilie erzählt
(Our Father. A Sinti Family Recounts)
23 March 2017
Discussion and reading with Anita Awosusi
A Jew in Neukölln:
My Path to Coexistence of Religions
19 October 2016
The theology student and journalist Ármin Langer presents his first book
Children of the liberation
6 July 2016
Discussion and reading with Marion Kraft, Ika Hügel-Marshall and Judy Gummich: The perspectives of black Germans of the postwar generation
ХАИМ – HEIM (Home)
15 March 2016
Discussion and film clips with Robert Schulzmann
Eine jüdische Mutter packt aus (A Jewish mother reveals all)
19 May 2015
Reading and discussion with Adriana Altaras
Osama bin Laden is sleeping with fishes
10 March 2015
Reading and discussion with Ahmad Milad Karimi
The “Koscher Light” Generation
9 September 2014
Reading and discussion with Alina Gromova
8 July 2014
Film showing and discussion with Canan Turan
Being German and Black as well
13 May 2014
Reading and discussion with Theodor Michael
On Growing up and Living in Germany
20 March 2014
Reading and discussion with Urmila Goel and Nisa Punnamparambil-Wolf
We, the new Germans
Who we are, what we want
15 January 2014
Reading and discussion with Alice Bota, Khuê Pham and Özlem Topçu
Osama bin Laden is Sleeping with Fishes
Three questions to Ahmad Milad Karimi
9 March 2015
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