After the Sousse attack
United against terror
Islamic approaches to non-violence
In Gandhi's footsteps
Shukri al-Mabkhout's novel "The Italian"
Failure in the police state
Headscarf debate – the case of Betül Ulusoy
Egalitarianism versus equality

After the Sousse attack

Following the attack on a beach hotel near Sousse, which claimed the lives of 38 and injured 39 others, many Tunisians took to the streets to demonstrate against Islamist terror in their country and call for a tightening of security laws. Report from Sousse by Karim El-GawharyRead more

Islamic approaches to non-violence

Ever since the attacks of 9/11 and the rise of political Islam, the relationship between Islam and violence has presented a fundamental challenge for Muslims. Merely distancing itself from terrorism is not enough for an in-depth confrontation with the subject. Some voices on the Islamic spectrum are taking things further. They endorse a completely non-violent stance, and are also finding theological justification for their approach. By Claudia MendeRead more

Shukri al-Mabkhout's novel "The Italian"

"The Italian", the debut novel by Tunisian writer Shukri al-Mabkhout, lays bare the mechanisms of control and censorship in operation during the Ben Ali era. It is a worthy winner of this year's "Arab Booker" prize, says Günther Orth.Read more

Headscarf debate – the case of Betül Ulusoy

She is not allowed to work because she wears a headscarf. I was shocked when I read the message from my fellow-campaigner and friend Betül Ulusoy. She is extremely talented, she is diligent, she is pious. But people reduce her to a piece of cloth that she wears out of conviction, as an emblem of self-determination and an expression of her religious identity. A contribution to the debate by Ran GilermanRead more

Politics

Tunisians demonstrate against terrorism following the Sousse attack (photo: picture-alliance/AA/Y. Gaidi)

After the Sousse attack

United against terror

Alaya Allani, professor of contemporary history at the Manouba University in Tunis (photo: Beat Stauffer)

Interview with Alaya Allani, an expert on Islamism

"The jihadists have no social base in Libya"

Syrian opposition fighters get ready to destroy a poster of President Bashar al-Assad, early June 2015 (photo: DW/AA/I. Hariri)

The Assad regime and the civil war in Syria

Clash of barbarisms

Society

Mona Eltahawy (centre) at the International Women's Conference in Cairo (photo: Maya Alleruzzo/AP)

Mona Eltahawy: "Why do you hate us so?"

The Middle East needs a sexual revolution

Betül Ulusoy (r.) and Riem Spielhaus in conversation at the re:publica 2015 on 07.05.2015 in Berlin (photo: re:publica/Gregor Fischer)

Headscarf debate – the case of Betül Ulusoy

Egalitarianism versus equality

Mahatma Gandhi (photo: dpa)

Islamic approaches to non-violence

In Gandhi's footsteps

Refugees at the Italian–French border in Ventimiglia, Italy (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Migration and xenophobia

Europe's refugee problem, then and now

Culture

Tunisian writer Shukri al-Mabkhout (photo: Dar al-Tanweer)

Shukri al-Mabkhout's novel "The Italian"

Failure in the police state

Symbolic cemetery in front of the German Parliament as part of the "March of the Determined" action in Berlin (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/R. Jensen)

Creative activism in Berlin on the refugee crisis

"The dead are coming"

Tiken Jah Fakoly (photo: Y. Lenquette)

The "Musiques Sacrees du Monde" festival

Fez: an African reflection