Globalization and international migration flows have reconfigured the world we live in. As the borders between nation-states became easier to cross, (post) modern societies diversified, and multiculturalism became a concrete reality. In Romania, Sibiu is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the country. Culturally, Sibiu is at the forefront of the art world, and from an economic point of view, the city has developed substantially in recent decades.
The Arabic Cultural Center in Sibiu is also looking for a place in such a globalized world and in such a multicultural city. The formal steps for the establishment of the Center were initiated at the beginning of 2021, and since July, the Arab Cultural Center in Sibiu is officially registered in the National Register of Non-Governmental Organizations in Romania. The Arabic Cultural Center in Sibiu is a non-governmental organization (NGO) with an apolitical and non-religious character. It is addressed to all persons interested in Arab culture – defined in the broadest possible sense – regardless of nationality, ethnicity, gender, age, political or religious affiliation.
The magazine of the Arabic Cultural Center – Arabica – aims to bring the Arabic culture and civilization closer to Romania. It will appear quarterly, and each issue will aim to bring to the attention of readers various aspects of the Arabic culture, to tell the life stories of authentic people – whether they are immigrants in Romania or Romanians involved in the Arab world – as well as to present the society and Romanian culture to Arab immigrants living in the country.
Fawzia G. Rehejeh
Coordinator of the Arabic Cultural Center in Sibiu