Abdul Fattah al-Sisi′s totalitarian state
Nearing completion
Niroz Malek′s ″Der Spaziergaenger von Aleppo″
Surviving in the death zone
Qatar diplomatic crisis
Playing the waiting game
Interview with Lebanese poet Zeina Hashem Beck
Our broken languages

Abdul Fattah al-Sisi′s totalitarian state

In recent months, the Egyptian regime has moved decisively to close what remains of public space, heralding a new era of repression that is likely to dominate all aspects of political life for decades to come. By Maged Mandour Read more

Book review: Niroz Malek′s ″Der Spaziergaenger von Aleppo″

The writer Niroz Malek lives in his hometown of Aleppo to this day. What does it mean to preserve a vestige of dignity in the midst of death and destruction? The fifty seven miniatures in his collection provide the answer. Volker Kaminski read the book Read more

Qatar diplomatic crisis

Following the Arab Spring revolts of 2011, Qatar, which carved out a niche for itself as a regional arbiter of conflicts years ago, embraced an interventionist foreign policy that has favoured Islamists – a move that has irked Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Commentary by Barak BarfiRead more

Interview with Lebanese poet Zeina Hashem Beck

Lebanese poet Zeina Hashem Beck talks to Marcia Lynx Qualey about her work in the spaces between languages, communities and political factions. She writes in English, yet her poetry is so infused with Arabic that it becomes its own, liminal languageRead more

Politics

President Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi meeting in Cairo with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu on 29.05.2017 (photo: Vitaly Belousov/Sputnik/dpa)

Abdul Fattah al-Sisi′s totalitarian state

Nearing completion

Qatari defence ministry staff members wait while Minister of Defence Khalid bin Mohammad al-Attiyah welcomes U.S. Defence Secretary James Mattis (neither pictured) for a meeting in Doha on 22 April 2017 (photo: Jonathan Ernst Pool/Getty Images)

Qatar diplomatic crisis

Playing the waiting game

Anti-corruption protests in the Moroccan city of Al-Hoceima on 3 June 2017 (photo: Reuters/Youssef Boudlal)

Social unrest in the Arab world

Guilty of gross negligence

Al-Shabab fighters on patrol in Mogadishu in 2009. In May 2017 U.S. operations against the al-Qaida linked organisation were stepped up (photo: picture-alliance/AP Photo/Mohamed Sheikh Nor)

Islamists in Africa

The ever-present threat

Society

Johann Gottfried Herder (photo: dpa/picture alliance)

Johann Gottfried Herder and the Orient

Faith as silent spirituality

Symbolic image of Islamic feminism (source: raseef22)

Women′s rights in Islam

Can feminism be Islamic?

Islamic studies scholar Armina Omerika (photo: Goethe-Universitat Frankfurt am Main)

Interview with Islamic studies scholar Armina Omerika

"Muslims need new ways to approach their religious heritage"

Typical Shia turbans (photo: FARS)

The Sunni-Shia debate

For clarity′s sake

Culture

The ruins of Aleppo in northern Syria (photo: Reuters/A. Ismail)

Book review: Niroz Malek′s ″Der Spaziergaenger von Aleppo″

Surviving in the death zone

Lebanese poet Zeina Hashem Beck (photo: Hind Shoufani)

Interview with Lebanese poet Zeina Hashem Beck

Our broken languages

"Revolution Records": El Temraz, Ahmed Rock II, Amr Czar and Rooney Rady (source: Facebook)

Egyptian rappers

Keeping it real

The Sheikh Ahmadou Bamba Mbacke shrine (still from the ″Touba″ documentary)

″Touba″ – a film documentary

Pilgrimage to Sheikh Bamba