Erdogan′s grand plan
Turkey's last elections?
Egypt′s Coptic Church
The cost of a cornerstone
Syrian author and poet Ra′id Wahsh
Who ate the sky?
Non-fiction: Sebastian Sons′ ″Auf Sand gebaut″
Saudi Arabia – a difficult ally

Erdogan′s grand plan

The parliament in Ankara is manoeuvring itself into checkmate as it prepares to grant the president unlimited power. Erdogan is thus going forward with his plan to rebuild the state – in a spine-chilling manner. Commentary by Bulent MumayRead more

Egypt′s Coptic Church

Despite a new law aimed at facilitating the construction of Christian houses of worship, the situation on the ground looks somewhat different. By Flemming Weiss-Andersen, Eva Plesner and Elisabeth LehmannRead more

Syrian author and poet Ra′id Wahsh

What are Syrian authors writing about their country? How do they write? Who among them can find the strength to capture the horrors of war in words? Stefan Buchen has been reading a monologue written by one young writer. Literature that emerges from the rubble and ruins of war, he says, may well strike a familiar chord – it just needs to be translatedRead more

Non-fiction: Sebastian Sons′ ″Auf Sand gebaut″

Saudi Arabia is an important, but controversial partner of western countries. Sebastian Sons, an expert on the country with the DGAP (Germany's Council on Foreign Relations), assesses the country’s mindset, its political problems and how western governments should engage its leaders. By Sabine BalkRead more

Politics

Graffiti in Libya

Libya, Al Koni and the Skhirat Agreement

A fatal blow

A man bearing the Turkish flag walks past a Turkish police office guarding the Reina nightclub in Istanbul following the New Year's Eve terrorist attack (photo: picture-alliance/AP Photo/E. Gurel)

Erdogan′s grand plan

Turkey's last elections?

German Minister of Defence Ursula von der Leyen visiting Saudi Deputy Prince Mohammed bin Salman al-Saud in Riyadh (photo: dpa/Rainer Jensen)

Non-fiction: Sebastian Sons′ ″Auf Sand gebaut″

Saudi Arabia – a difficult ally

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (photo: picture-alliance/Anadolu Agency/Turkish Presidency)

Erdogan and Turkish foreign policy

Neo-Ottoman rumblings

Society

Smartphone with Twitter logo in front of the word 'Cairo'

Social media against Islamic extremism

The invisible battle

Father Filtawos stands in front of the altar of his church in Ezbeth Raflah (photo: Flemming Weiss-Andersen)

Egypt′s Coptic Church

The cost of a cornerstone

Symbolbild "Noktara - Nachrichten aus dem Morgenland, schon heute!"; Quelle: noktara.de

Satirical news website Noktara

A laughing matter

Women speaking in a discussion (photo: British Council)

Gender equality in the Middle East

To the benefit of all

Culture

Stock image of a teenage girl reading (source: freestockphotos.biz)

Arab teens and Young Adult literature

The new wave

Syrian writer and poet Ra′id Wahsh (photo: Salama Abdo)

Syrian author and poet Ra′id Wahsh

Who ate the sky?

War photographer Andy Spyra (photo: J. Idrizi)

Interview with war photographer Andy Spyra

The pull of war

Historic illustration of Babur and his successor Humayun (source: Wikipedia)

Homoerotic poetry in Islam

Reeling with desire