Geopolitics in the Middle East
End the Arab-Iranian tug-of-war
Interview mit Zeev Sternhell
Two states? A Sisyphean task
Women in the Saudi military
It's a tough call
Islamic inheritance law in Morocco
Asma Lamrabet under pressure

Geopolitics in the Middle East

You can’t change regional geography, notes the political analyst Khaled Hroub. Iran and the Arabs will always be neighbours, but we can change and re-shape history and politics. The common interest must therefore lie in ending the period of conflict and moving towards co-operation and regional security Read more

Interview with Israeli historian Zeev Sternhell

Leading historian Zeev Sternhell talks to Inge Gunther about the 70th anniversary of the founding of Israel, the impact of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Israelʹs religious-nationalist settler movementRead more

Women in the Saudi military

Saudi Arabiaʹs decision to allow women to serve in the military has been widely celebrated as a step forward for gender parity in the notoriously unequal kingdom. Yet the battle for real equality within the military is just beginning. By Quratulain FatimaRead more

Islamic inheritance law in Morocco and Tunisia

Conservatives in Morocco have forced the Islamic feminist Asma Lamrabet to relinquish her post at the Centre d'Etudes Feminines en Islam in Rabat. A debate on discrimination against women in Islamic inheritance law sparked the conflict, fuelled in part by a draft amendment in Tunisia that would institute an egalitarian law of inheritance there. By Claudia MendeRead more

Politics

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (l) greets Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah (r) upon his arrival in Tehran on 1 June 2014. Kuwait's Emir started a landmark visit to Tehran focussed on mending fences between Shia Iran and the Sunni-ruled monarchies in the Gulf (photo: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Geopolitics in the Middle East

End the Arab-Iranian tug-of-war

Israeli historian Zeev Sternhell (photo: Inge Gunther)

Interview with Israeli historian Zeev Sternhell

Two states? A Sisyphean task

Bangladesh remembers the Rana Plaza textile factory collapse (photo: Reuters)

Bangladesh remembers the Rana Plaza disaster

Jobless and hopeless five years on

Society

Frauenparade pakistanischer Soldatinnen in Islamabad; Foto: AFP

Women in the Saudi military

It's a tough call

Muslim feminist Asma Lamrabet (photo: asma-lamrabet.com)

Islamic inheritance law in Morocco and Tunisia

Feminist Asma Lamrabet under pressure

View of Hasankeyf (photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Turkeyʹs controversial Ilisu dam project

The countdown has begun

Jasser Murtaja was shot while wearing a press flak jacket (photo: Getty Images/AFP)

Palestinian journalists in the Middle East conflict

In the crosshairs

Culture

Axel Salvatori Sinz, 1982 - 2018 (source: Twitter)

Remembering the French film-maker Axel Salvatori-Sinz

This is Yarmouk!

Cover of Jakel and Kaddorʹs "Syrien – ein Land ohne Krieg" (Syria – a country without war), published in German by Malik (photo: Lutz Jakel)

"Syrien – ein Land ohne Krieg"

Syria, as it once was

Traditional Palestinian "tatreez" (photo: Fatima Abbadi)

Traditional Palestinian "tatreez"

Sewing with a message

Iraqi American author Dunya Mikhail (source: New Directions)

Non-fiction: Dunya Mikhailʹs "The Beekeeper"

Rescuing the stolen women