French reactions to IS terror
"What next? Will we ask Muslims to kneel?"
The fight against IS
No alternative to civil and human rights in the Arab world
Salafists in Germany
A simple world view and the promise of paradise
Iran's foreign policy in Yemen and Iraq
Arab fear of the "extended arm of Iran"

French reactions to IS terror

France's divided society is united in condemning the jihadi barbarism of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. From Toulouse, Birgit Kaspar sums up the reactions of French politicians and Islamic organisationsRead more

The fight against IS

In the battle against Islamic State, the religious leaders of Islam have failed; the onus is now on secular forces to fight the jihadi terrorists. To this end, the West must support the beleaguered rebels and civil society's campaign for civil and human rights in the Arab world. A commentary by Markus BickelRead more

Salafists in Germany

Salafists in Germany have been on a recruitment drive for quite some time: handing out flyers and free copies of the Koran in city centres. They are also targeting young people at schools, on the Internet and anywhere where young people meet. How can young people be protected? By Arnfrid SchenkRead more

Iran's foreign policy in Yemen and Iraq

The recent capture of Sanaa by Zaidi fighters was celebrated in the Iranian media as a "victory for the revolutionaries". The Arab press, by contrast, accused Iran of trying to influence events in Yemen after already getting involved in Iraq and Syria. The conflict increasingly threatens to be seen as an exclusively Sunni-Shia power struggle. By Ali SadrzadehRead more

Politics

Rally outside the Great Mosque of Paris in memory of Herve Gourdel, who was decapitated by Algerian jihadists (photo: Reuters)

French reactions to IS terror

"What next? Will we ask Muslims to kneel?"

A Kurdish refugee child from the Syrian town of Kobani in a refugee camp in Suruc, Turkey, 20 October 2014 (photo: Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach)

The fight against IS

No alternative to civil and human rights in the Arab world

Yemeni Shia Houthi rebels in Sanaa on 21 September 2014 (photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Iran's foreign policy in Yemen and Iraq

Arab fear of the "extended arm of Iran"

Kurdish supporters of the HDP presidential candidate, Selahattin Demirtas, in the run-up to the Turkish presidential election earlier this year (photo: dpa)

Interview with Turkish politician Sirri Sureyya Onder

The solution to the Kurdish conflict as a yardstick for democracy

Society

A supporter of Pierre Vogel during a Salafist rally in Frankfurt on Main on 7 September 2014 (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/B. Roessler)

Salafists in Germany

A simple world view and the promise of paradise

Muhsin Hendricks (photo: Jannis Hagmann)

Interview with the South African imam Muhsin Hendricks

"Islam does give us leeway to think"

Navid Kermani (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Interview with Navid Kermani

"One should take the religious façade seriously"

Photo symbolising Christianity, Judaism and Islam (photo: picture-alliance/Godong)

"Peace is the Future" meeting in Antwerp

A world in flames

Culture

Ramin Sadighi (photo: Hermes Records)

Interview with Ramin Sadighi from the Iranian music label Hermes Records

The fine line between what is permitted and what is not

Jabbour Douaihy (photo: Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Editore)

Book review: Jabbour Douaihy's "June Rain"

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A "whodunit" without the "who"

Still from the film "Desert Dancer" (photo: Senator)

Film review: "Desert Dancer"

Dancing around clichés

Clarinettist Kinan Azmeh (left) and soprano Dima Orsho (photo: Marian Brehmer)

Interview with Kinan Azmeh and Dima Orsho

"All we can do is sing and play our hearts out"