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Type of site
Islamic World/International relations
Available in Arabic,[1] English,[1] German,[1] Turkish[2]
Owner German Federal Agency for Civic Education/Deutsche Welle/Goethe-Institut/German Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations
Alexa rank Increase 181,535 (February 2015)[3]
Commercial No
Registration No
Launched March, 2003
Current status Online (Arabic: قنطرة‎‎ qanṭarah, meaning "bridge") is an Internet portal in German, English and Arabic, designed to promote intercultural dialogue between the Western and the Islamic world.

The portal was founded on the initiative of the German Foreign Office, in reaction to the crisis ridden developments in relations to Islamic cultures in the wake of the shock of the September 11 attacks in the USA. Online since March 2003, the platform is jointly run by the German Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb), Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW), the Goethe-Institut (GI) and the German Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (ifa), and is funded by the foreign office. The task of the joint dialogue project is to promote understanding between the various cultures, with the aim of combating ignorance and prejudice through knowledge.

The editorial team works to publish writing by Western and Islamic authors who seek open and respectful discussion of both commonalities and controversial subjects. These have included diverse contributors, like the Egyptian literary scholar Nasr Hamid Abu Zaid, the German former diplomat and Muslim Murad Hofmann, the Islam theologian Halima Krausen, the conflict researcher Heiner Bielefeldt and the physicist Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker. has been selected by Britannica's editors as a Web's BestSite.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c "A Virtual Bridge Between Europe and the Islamic World". Deutsche Welle. 7 February 2007. Retrieved 16 April 2003. 
  2. ^ "Online Magazine “ - Dialogue with the Islamic World” now also in Turkish". Deutsche Welle. 7 February 2007. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  3. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2015-02-13. 

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