Niqab-wearing novelists in Egypt
Your philosophy, my religion
Islam, Al-Azhar and the terrorists′ ideology
If the cap fits
Algeria′s disillusioned majority
Desperately seeking voters
Interview with Nilufer Gole
"Islam is taking root"

Niqab-wearing novelists in Egypt

In Egypt, novels written by women who wear the face-veil are gaining in popularity, despite the fact that literary critics point to their religious ideological slant and literary weaknesses. By Sameh FayezRead more

Islam, Al-Azhar and the terrorists′ ideology

Whenever a country is the target of a terrorist attack, the issue of whether the perpetrators were linked to Islam rears its head. As Assem Hefny argues, questions regarding the relationship between Egypt′s Al-Azhar mosque and university, terrorism and ideological extremism – though hurtful – should not be dismissed out of handRead more

Algeria′s disillusioned majority

Algeria's upcoming parliamentary poll is failing to spark the interest of the populace. Few have any hope that the discredited political class will provide solutions to the country′s pervasive social malaise. At the same time, a handful of dedicated civil society campaigns are focusing on initiating change at grassroots level. Sofian Philip Naceur reports from Algiers and OranRead more

Interview with the French-Turkish sociologist Nilufer Gole

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Sociologist Nilufer Gole talked to Muslims throughout Europe who would otherwise never get to have their say. The results of her remarkable study have now been published in German translation. Interview by Karen Kruger Read more

Politics

Men reading political party campaign posters on Martyrs′ Square in Algiers on 9 April 2017 (photo: Getty Images/AFP)

Parliamentary elections in Algeria

It's hardly democracy

Sunni clerics attend a ″Fighting Extremism and Terrorism″ conference at Al-Azhar in Cairo in 2014

Islam, Al-Azhar and the terrorists′ ideology

If the cap fits

Anies Baswedan (right) campaigning in Jakarta (photo: Reuters)

Indonesia′s gubernatorial elections

The tolerance litmus test

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a speech in front of the presidential palace in Ankara on 17 April 2017 (photo: picture-alliance/abaca/B. Ege Gurun)

Turkey post-referendum

Reconciliation – not a chance!

Society

The Algerian election campaign – ″Fishing for votes″ (cartoon: Le Hic; source: Facebook)

Algeria′s disillusioned majority

Desperately seeking voters

French-Turkish sociologist Nilufer Gole (photo: picture-alliance/ZB/Esch-Kenkel)

Interview with the French-Turkish sociologist Nilufer Gole

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"Islam is taking root in Europe"

An integration teacher coaching students during a German language course at an Adult Education Centre in Wedding, Berlin (photo: Alina Novopashina/dpa)

Germany′s integration debate revisited

Piling on the pressure

Lebanese journalist Hazem Saghieh (source: H. Saghieh, photo: C. Charafeddine)

Interview with the Lebanese journalist Hazem Saghieh

More lapdog than watchdog

Culture

Waguih Ghali and his friend Diana Athill during the 1960s (source: Cornell University Library)

Waguih Ghali′s diaries

The writer′s torment

Cartoon of a niqab-wearing woman (source: Facebook)

Niqab-wearing novelists in Egypt

Your philosophy, my religion

French philosopher Henry Corbin (source: Association des Amis de Henry et Stella Corbin) Cover of Suhrawardi′s ″The Shape of Light″ (published by Fons Vitae)

French philosopher Henry Corbin

Wherever the spirit guides

British Pakistani novelist Mohsin Hamid (photo: Laurent Denimal)

Book review: Mohsin Hamid′s ″Exit West″

Through the black door