The psychology of radicalisation
Lego Islam
Interview with Pakistani politician Imran Khan
"Moving towards democracy"
″Love Party″ by Ya Tosiba
Sufi in the house
Turkey and the future of the Kurds
Good Kurd, bad Kurd


Following the forced resignation of Pakistan′s premier, Nawaz Sharif, the country′s opposition is sensing a change in direction. Imran Khan, its most prominent representative, met Shah Meer Baloch in Islamabad to talk about current developmentsRead more

Album review

A wonderfully subversive and witty album, Ya Tosiba′s ″Love Party″ slyly pokes fun at authority and present day life in Azerbaijan. With electronics simulating traditional instruments from the region, it draws on the Sufi ′meyknana′ tradition for its lyrics. Review by Richard Marcus Read more



When it suits the political agenda of those in power, the Kurds are seen as good patriots. The rest of the time, they are condemned as villainous traitors. It′s a situation that is repeated in Turkey, Syria and – argues Hoshang Ossi – within the Kurdistan Workers′ Party (PKK) itself

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Opposition politician Imran Khan in his residence in Bani Fala (photo: Reuters/Caren Firouz)


Interview with Pakistani politician Imran Khan: "Moving towards democracy"

Celebrating victory against IS in Mosul (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/AP/K. Kadim)

Middle East

Ending Iraq′s humanitarian crisis: Trust the people

Kurds celebrating Nowruz Festival in Istanbul (photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images)



The future of a people: Good Kurd, bad Kurd

Girls wave the flag of Kurdistan on Flag Day in the regional capital of Arbil, Iraq, 17.12.2014 (photo: Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images)


Kurdish referendum for political relevance: Papering over the cracks


Afghan architect Masouma Delijam, Kabul (photo: DW/B. Schulke)

Hindu Kush

Reconstruction in Afghanistan: The strong women of Darul Aman

Women at prayer in a Berlin mosque (photo: imago)


Headscarf debate: How Islamophobic is feminism?


Duo ″Ya Tosiba″ – vocalist Zuzu Zakaria and electronics whizz Tatu Mosak (source: YouTube)

Album review

″Love Party″ by Ya Tosiba: Sufi in the house

Officially female bands may now perform, albeit only in front of all-female audiences (source: ISNA)

Culture in Iran

Music in Rouhani′s Iran: A change in tune?

Saudi Arabian writer and novelist Badriah Albeshr (photo: private)

Book review: Badriah Albeshr′s ″Hend and the Soldiers″

In fear of the fury

Turkish satirical magazine Bayan Yani (source: Bayan Yani)

Turkish satirical magazine Bayan Yani

Fuelling Turkish feminism