Turkey's mosque-building programme
Does Turkey aspire to the leadership of the Islamic world?
Obituary: the Algerian writer Malek Alloula
A prophet unaccepted in his own country
Offensive against IS in Iraq
Sowing the seeds of the next disaster
General election in Israel
Elections for nothing

Turkey's mosque-building programme

An ambitious international mosque-building programme is seen as the latest step in the Turkish president's ambitious bid to put Turkey at the centre of Muslim world. During his visit to Cuba in February, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan requested that his country be allowed to build a mosque in Havana. At present, 18 major mosques are being built by the Turkish state across the globe from Somalia to Kazakhstan. By Dorian JonesRead more

Obituary: the Algerian writer Malek Alloula

The renowned Algerian essayist, literary scholar and poet Malek Alloula died in February at the age of 78. His ex-wife, the writer Assia Djebar, had died in exile in Paris only a few weeks previously. By Suleman TaufiqRead more

Offensive against IS in Iraq

With their keen fighting spirit, the Shia militias may well be an effective weapon in the fight against Islamic State in Iraq. However, this is quite literally a case of casting out the devil that is IS with the Beelzebub that is the Shia militias, says Karim El-GawharyRead more

General election in Israel

Never before in the history of Israel have there been such empty and unnecessary elections. The elections of 2015 are about nothing; no real issues are being discussed. Most of the parties are not even bothering to present an agenda, and very few Israelis understand why they have to go to the polls on 17 March, two years after they last did so. By Gideon LevyRead more

Politics

Ortakoy Mosque in Istanbul, which is said to be the model for the mosque Turkey offered to build in Cuba (photo: AP)

Turkey's mosque-building programme

Does Turkey aspire to the leadership of the Islamic world?

Soldiers from the Iraqi army and Shia volunteer fighters prepare for the offensive to take back Tikrit from the jihadis of IS (photo: Reuters/Thaier Al-Sudani)

Offensive against IS in Iraq

Sowing the seeds of the next disaster

Israeli students at Blich high school walk past election posters for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a mock polling day in the central city of Ramat Gan on 22 February 2015 (photo: Getty Images/MENAHEM KAHANA)

General election in Israel

Elections for nothing

A supporter waving a Turkish flag bearing the image of Ataturk (photo: dpa)

The Nazi glorification of Ataturk

Ankara's shining star

Society

Ibragimkhalil Daudov (6th from right, front), leader of an Islamist rebel group in the North Caucasus, posing for a picture with other rebels in a forest in Dagestan (photo: REUTERS)

Jihadism in Dagestan

A growing problem in the fight against terrorism

A makeshift memorial to the three Muslims (Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, Yusor Mohammad, 21, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19) who were shot dead in early February 2015, University of North Carolina School of Dentistry in Chapel Hill, N.C. (photo: picture-alliance/AP Photo)

Anti-Muslim sentiment in Canada and the US

Playing on people's fears

People carrying placards reading "We are Charlie" and "Religions united against hatred" take part in a solidarity march in the streets of Paris on 11 January 2015 (photo: Reuters/Platiau)

Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia

A third way, yes, but one that acknowledges the complexity of today's realities

Koran (photo: Ulrike Hummel/DW)

Manifesto published by Muslim intellectuals

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For Islam and democracy

Culture

The Algerian writer Malek Alloula (photo: Krzysztof Zielinski)

Obituary: the Algerian writer Malek Alloula

A prophet unaccepted in his own country

Tailback in Tehran (photo: MEHR)

Book review: "I'm Probably Lost" by Sara Salar

Silent rebellion

Scene from Ibrahim El Batout's film "El Ott" (source: zad communication & production)

Ibrahim El Batout's film "El Ott"

"We sell people, we sell souls"

Assia Djebar (photo: picture-alliance/obs)

Obituary: the Algerian author Assia Djebar

Trailblazer for her country, her gender and her continent