Profile: the Uighur civil rights activist Ilham Tohti
The moderate critic
The Knesset member Haneen Zoabi
Loathed, reviled ... and excluded from parliament
The death of Abdelwahab Meddeb
A proponent of disloyal loyalty
Book review: Kamal Ruhayyim's "Diary of a Muslim Jew"
An engaging take on a complex theme

Profile: the Uighur civil rights activist Ilham Tohti

Ilham Tohti, a well-known Uighur and a moderate critic of Beijing's policy towards the country's Muslim minority, was found guilty of "separatism" and sentenced to life in prison last September, despite the fact that he has always worked to improve relations between Uighurs and Han Chinese and is against breaking up the country. A profile by Thomas LatschanRead more

The Knesset member Haneen Zoabi

Haneen Zoabi is a tireless defendent of human rights for Palestinians in Israel and the occupied territories. Never afraid to voice harsh criticism, she constantly challenges state and society in Israel. Ulrike Schleicher met the outspoken Israeli politician in JerusalemRead more

The death of Abdelwahab Meddeb

The renowned Tunisian-French writer and Islam expert Abdelwahab Meddeb died of cancer in Paris on 6 November 2014. He was 68. Obituary by Bettina DavidRead more

Book review: Kamal Ruhayyim's "Diary of a Muslim Jew"

In the first half of the twentieth century, about 75,000 Jews lived in Egypt. With the 1948 Arab–Israeli war, their lives in Egypt became increasingly difficult and many emigrated to Europe. Kamal Ruhayyim believes that Jewish Egyptians were an important part of the Egyptian community and wrote a book to keep their memory alive. Marcia Lynx Qualey read the English translation of the first book in Ruhayyim's trilogy "Diary of a Muslim Jew"Read more

Politics

Ilham Tohti (photo: picture-alliance/Frederic J. Brown/afp/dpa)

Profile: the Uighur civil rights activist Ilham Tohti

The moderate critic

MK Haneen Zoabi (photo: Ulrike Schleicher)

The Knesset member Haneen Zoabi

Loathed, reviled ... and excluded from parliament

Palestinian youths engaged in street battles with Israeli security forces on 7 November 2014 in East Jerusalem (photo: Coex/AFP/Getty Images)

Attacks and unrest in Jerusalem

A third intifada in the making?

Protests against US drones in Pakistan (photo: picture-alliance/AP)

Drone war in Afghanistan and Pakistan

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Living in the shadow of the "angels of death"

Society

Abdelwahab Meddeb (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/Emmanuel Marchadour)

The death of Abdelwahab Meddeb

A proponent of disloyal loyalty

Hassan Hanafi at a conference on reformist Islam in Marrakech (photo: DW)

Interview with Egyptian philosopher Hassan Hanafi

From Velvet Spring to military despotism

A harkis unit, Muslims recruited by the French for the battle against Algerian rebels, marches through an Algiers street in 1957 (photo: AFP)

60 years since the beginning of the Algerian war

National Fronts?

Daughter and mother: Nadia and Rabia Bechari (photo: Canan Topcu)

Women's dress code in Islam

No compulsion to wear the headscarf

Culture

The Jewish cemetery in Egypt, located south of Cairo (photo: DW/W. El Attar)

Book review: Kamal Ruhayyim's "Diary of a Muslim Jew"

An engaging take on a complex theme

Jabbour Douaihy (photo: Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Editore)

Book review: Jabbour Douaihy's "June Rain"

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A "whodunit" without the "who"

Fadhil al-Azzawi (photo: Lewis Gropp/DW)

Fadhil al-Azzawi's novel "The Last of the Angels"

Topical, thrilling and entertaining – even after 25 years

Simo Lagnawi (photo: Simo Lagnawi/Riverboat Records)

Album review: "The Gnawa Berber" by Simo Lagnawi

A wholehearted expression of devotion