Interview with Turkish writer Aslı Erdoğan
"It's my country too"
Authoritarian rule in the Arab world
Fear of change
Interview with Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im
"We are in the middle of a transformative process"
Freedom of speech in Turkey
Journalists under siege

Interview with Turkish writer Aslı Erdoğan

Celebrated Turkish novelist Aslı Erdoğan was imprisoned for four months in Turkey last year. Despite the awful experience and the pressure being exerted on her, she refuses to be cowed. Writing, she says, is a responsibility. Interview conducted by Ceyda NurtschRead more

Authoritarian rule in the Arab world

Given their poor records in so many areas, how is it that authoritarian regimes in the Arab world manage to cling so successfully to power? In this essay, Amr Hamzawy examines how the ruling elites in the countries of the Arab spring use a mixture of oppression and fear of chaos and disorder to nip any demands for democratic change in the budRead more

Interview with Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im

Islamic scholar Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im of the Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, USA, has done extensive research into the ways in which Sharia can be reconciled with the modern secular state. Claudia Mende spoke to him about the different faces of the secular, the separation of state and religion in early Islamic history and why he feels Muslims are in the middle of a reformation processRead more

Freedom of speech in Turkey

A tragedy is slowly unfolding in Turkey. Since the failed coup attempt in 2016, more than 120 journalists have been arrested. "It's time we speak out for them," say the journalists from Al Jazeera who were imprisoned in Egypt. By Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher MohamedRead more

Politics

A woman walks past Egyptian army tanks in downtown Cairo (photo: dpa)

Authoritarian rule in the Arab world

Fear of change

Cumhuriyet employees protest at the imprisonment of journalists on 24 July 2017 (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/L. Pitarakis)

Freedom of speech in Turkey

Journalists under siege

Kemal Kiliçdaroğlu and his wife during a rally along the route of the "Justice March" (photo: picture-alliance/abaca)

Kemal Kiliçdaroğlu's "Justice March"

Turkey's emboldened opposition

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (centre) holds an Iraqi flag as he announces victory over Islamic State in Mosul, Iraq, 10 July 2017 (Reuters)

Islamic State

Down but not necessarily out

Society

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im (photo: scholarblogs.emory.edu/aannaim)

Interview with Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im

"We are in the middle of a transformative process"

Cannabis cultivation in the Larache region of Morocco (photo: DW)

Attempts to decriminalise hashish in the Arab world

To legalise or not to legalise

Supporters of the Kurdish football club Amedspor celebrate after their team scores a goal (photo: Fatma Çelik)

The Kurdish football club Amedspor

"Disciplinary measures are unfortunately part of our team identity"

Professor Ednan Aslan, professor for Islamic religious education theory at the Faculty of Philosophy and Educational Sciences at the University of Vienna (photo: dpa/picture-alliance)

Controversial study about Muslim kindergartens in Vienna

The unwelcome glare of publicity

Culture

Turkish writer Aslı Erdoğan (photo: Getty Images/AFP)

Interview with Turkish writer Aslı Erdoğan

"It's my country too"

Rebetiko performance by singer Manolis Dimitrianakis in the Hamam Club, Petralona, Athens (photo: Mey Dudin)

Rebetiko between East and West

Melancholy makes a comeback

Egyptian film-maker Mohamed Rashad (photo: Goethe-Institut Cairo/Hasan Amin)

Interview with Egyptian film director Mohamed Rashad

A homage to life

The kick-off event for "Wiki Gender" at the Goethe-Institut in Cairo (Goethe-Institut Cairo/Roger Anis)

"Wiki Gender"

The first Arabic online lexicon for gender issues