Arab Spring five years on
Brave new world?
Breaking the Silence
The ″turncoat″ sons of Israel
Essay by Rafik Schami
″To the haters, they′re all faceless Muslims″
The Reform Islam debate
Islam doesn′t need a Martin Luther!

Arab Spring five years on

While the West focuses on IS or Iran′s destructive role in the Middle East, most Arabs are simply trying to improve their lives. What they lack is the reassurance of good governance. By Marwan MuasherRead more

Breaking the Silence

Founded 11 years ago, Breaking the Silence has collected and published over 1,100 mostly anonymous testimonies from IDF (Israel Defence Forces) veterans that document army violations against Palestinians. Earlier this month, an Israeli court heard a petition filed by the state attorney to force the organisation to reveal the identity of some of the testifiers. Ylenia Gostoli caught up with Breaking the Silence′s co-founder Yehuda ShaulRead more

The Reform Islam debate

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Calls for an Islamic Reformation are issued in the wake of every Islamist act of terrorism. But Muslims don't need a Martin Luther. What is needed is a reconciliation of Islam with the constitutional state, says Loay MudhoonRead more

Politics

Arab Spring protesters

Arab Spring five years on

Brave new world?

Armed Polisario fighters in Tindouf refugee camp, southern Algeria (photo: DW/Nour Elhayet El Kebir)

Western Sahara – the last colony in Africa

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″Armed resistance is their only choice″

Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) members says they are not involved in terrorist activities

Pakistan′s struggle with sectarianism

Enough is enough

Refugees in Dikili, Turkey

Europe′s response to the refugee crisis

"Ugly, feckless and dysfunctional"

Society

Kabir Helminski, US American sheikh of the Mevlevi dervish order and ″Threshold Society″ founder (source: YouTube)

Interview with Mevlevi sheikh Kabir Helminski

Sufism and the power to transform

Yehuda Shaul (left) during a Breaking the Silence tour in Hebron (photo: Oren Ziv)

Breaking the Silence

The ″turncoat″ sons of Israel

Syrian refugees at the north-eastern Jordanian border with Syria near Royashed Town, January 2016 (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Jordan and the Syrian refugees

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Across a great divide

Prayer hall inside Duisburg′s Merkez Mosque on ″Open Mosque Day″ (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/M. Skolimowska)

The Reform Islam debate

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Islam doesn′t need a Martin Luther!

Culture

The Silent University (source: YouTube)

Theatre and the refugees

Getting the ball rolling

Filming ″Dugma – The Button″: Paul Refsdal (left), Abu Basir al-Britani (photo: WDR)

Paul Refsdal′s documentary ″Dugma – The Button″

Push the button for Paradise

Egyptians queuing up to vote (photo: Nasser Nasser/AP/dapd)

Book review: Basma Abdel Aziz′s ″The Queue″

Disturbingly prescient

Sandaraa, the Pakistani/Brooklyn musical collaboration fronted by Michael Woodgrad and Zeb Bangash (photo: Sandaraa)

Album review: ″Sandaraa″ by Sandaraa

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Fusion in the truest sense