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Reading and discussion with Ahmad Milad Karimi as Part of the New German Stories Series
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
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.
10 March 2015, 7.30 pm