The "No Future" generation
Tunisia's ticking time bomb
Social media against Islamic extremism
An invisible battle
Erdogan and Turkish foreign policy
Neo-Ottoman rumblings
Arab teens and Young Adult literature
The new wave

Hamza Meddeb on the "No Future" generation

Political scientist Hamza Meddeb is critical of the Tunisian authorities, which prefer to focus exclusively on security aspects in the war against terror, rather than launching efforts to genuinely address the causes of youth radicalisation. Interview by Sarah MerschRead more

Social media against Islamic extremism

If we are to counteract the scourge of Islamic misinterpretation and defend what is intrinsically a religion of peace, argues Abdalhadi Alijla, we need educational, civil society and means-tested programmes coupled with a stronger political willRead more

Erdogan and Turkish foreign policy

In the past few months Turkish President Erdogan has repeatedly called the borders of Turkey into question and implicitly laid claim to neighbouring territories. While such statements are mainly aimed at his own citizens, the neighbouring states are getting nervous, particularly now that Erdogan has dispatched troops to Syria and Iraq. By Ulrich von SchwerinRead more

Arab teens and Young Adult literature

The last decade or so has seen a huge increase in the amount of Young Adult literature being published in Arabic. Slowly but surely, writes Marcia Lynx Qualey, well-crafted books aimed at teens are making their way into bookshops, libraries and schoolsRead more


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


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

Social media against Islamic extremism

An 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:

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


Stock image of a teenage girl reading (source:

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