Inspiration: Mevlana Dželaludin Muhamed Rumi #INTEGRA

Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī was a 13th-century Persian poet, faqih, Islamic scholar, theologian, and Sufi mystic originally from Greater Khorasan. Rumi’s influence transcends national borders and ethnic divisions: Iranians, Tajiks, Turks, Greeks, Pashtuns, other Central Asian Muslims, and the Muslims of South Asia have greatly appreciated his spiritual legacy for the past seven centuries. His poems have been widely translated into many of the world’s languages and transposed into various formats.

Getting to know: The Church of Saint Simeon Stylites #INTEGRA

As part of the project # INTEGRA today we are presenting The Church of Saint Simeon Stylites.
The Church of Saint Simeon Stylites is a building that can be traced back to the 5th century, located approximately 30 kilometres northwestern part of Aleppo, Syria. It is one of the oldest surviving church complexes. It was constructed on the site of the pillar of Saint Simeon Stylites, a renowned recluse monk. The church is popularly known as either Qalaat Semaan (the ‘Fortress of Simeon’) or Deir Semaan ( the ‘Monastery of Simeon’).
Saint Simeon was born in 386 AD in the Amanus mountains village. He lived in a monastery in this village at an early age, however, later on, he opted to transform into a religious solo hermit monk. Saint Simeon then resolved that he would not live in a cave, but instead, he would move to the top of a pillar that was approximately 12–18 meters high and estimated to be 2 meters in diameter to get closer to God. Significant multitude would soon be attracted by the preaching of Saint Simeon that was offered twice a day. Saint Simeon stayed on top of the pillar for about 37 years and later died in 459 AD. His remains were majestically escorted to Antioch by seven bishops, numerous soldiers and a crowd of his devoted disciples.

Famous Immigrants : Levi Strauss #INTEGRA

Within the project # INTEGRA – Integration of third-country nationals through urban partners – we present famous migrants: Levi Strauss (Germany, 26.02.1829.- SAD, 26.09.1902.)
Levi Strauss emigrated from Europe to America at the age of 18. He got his citizenship in 1953. Levi Strauss stayed in New York for a while and then moved to California at the time of the Gold Rush. He achieved American dream by making the first jeans factory in San Francisco. Together with Jacob W. Davis he patented a new style of jeans in 1873.

European Web Site on Integration-Croatia has published an info about our project#INTEGRA

European Web Site on Integration – Croatia has published an info about our project #INTEGRA!

Project #INTEGRA promotes deeper mutual understanding between migrant communities and host societies against the rising political discourse of securitisation, which paints migrants as a security threat in Europe.

Getting to know: Roman Theatre at Bosra, Syria #INTEGRA

Theatre was built in either the second quarter or the second half of the second century AD, likely during the reign of Trajan. It is constructed of black basalt. The theatre is 102 meters across and has seating for about 15 000 people. It is one of the best preserved both in Syria and across the Roman empire. The theatre was added to UNESCO´s list of World Heritage in 2013

Interview with Twana #INTEGRA

As a part of project #INTEGRA we did an interview with Twana Murad Rasul, born in Iraq in 2000.
Twana came to Croatia in 2015 at the time of migrant and refugee flow. He only spoke Kurdish but in only 2 years he learned to speak Croatian, English, Persian and Arabic.

Q: What is the hardest thing to get used to in Croatia?
A: The hardest thing to get used to is insulting Muslims.
Q: What do you miss the most from your home country?
A: I miss my mother and my family.
Q: What is the most annoying thing that happens to you in Croatia?
A: They look at me differently because I am not from here and they look at me strangely when I speak my language.
Q: What do you like the most about Croatian people?
A: Some Croatians are very polite and civilized, they feel everything I went through my life and they listen to me when I tell them about all that.