17th Karlsruhe Dialogues – Speakers

The ‘In-Between Society’: Tradition and Modernism in Conflict

Alice Schwarzer



Alice Schwarzer is a German journalist and essayist. In 1977, she founded EMMA magazine, of which she is the publisher and chief editor to this day. Apart from her journalistic work, she has published many books, political essays, and biographies since 1971, most recently her autobiography Lebenslauf (2011). Since 1979, she has concerned herself with the problem of Islamic fundamentalism, ever since she (together with a group of Frenchwomen and one Egyptian) travelled to Iran shortly after the takeover of Khomeini. For 20 or actually 30 years, EMMA was the only journal in the German-speaking world that reported on the Islamic offensive in Iran, Afghanistan, Chechnya, and Algeria, as well as in the heart of Europe. Schwarzer has edited three books on this topic, including articles by female authors from the Islamic cultural area: Krieg. Was Männerwahn anrichtet und wie Frauen Widerstand leisten (1991), Die Gotteskrieger und die falsche Toleranz (2002), and Die große Verschleierung (2010).