Terror attack on Egypt′s Christian minority
Why the Coptic focus?
Combatting Salafist radicalisation
Under scrutiny
Arab identity crisis
What is left of the Arabs?
Iman Humaydan′s ″The Weight of Paradise″
Suppressed guilt, suppressed memories

Terror attack on Egypt′s Christian minority

Last week′s heinous bus attack was just the latest in a wave of brutal terrorist strikes by the Islamic State group on Egypt′s minority community of Coptic Christians. In his essay, the Egyptian writer Shady Lewis Botros looks at why the Copts in particular are bearing the brunt of these vicious assaults Read more

Combatting Salafist radicalisation in Germany

Media representatives and academics would do well not to pre-judge the German security services′ Salafism prevention initiatives. Hazim Fouad, Islamic studies expert for the Senator for Home Affairs in Bremen, submits his response to the arguments proposed by Salafism researcher Nina KasehageRead more

Arab identity crisis

Despite war and mass murder, the Arabs were never as numerous as they are today. But they were also never as unsure about who they are. Does an Arab identity survive? What about Arab culture? These are the questions being asked today. In view of the political and social downward spiral, all of this is now at stake, says Stefan Buchen in his essayRead more

Book review: Iman Humaydan′s ″The Weight of Paradise″

In ″The Weight of Paradise″, the Lebanese writer Iman Humaydan, born in 1956, gives us a layered depiction of the individual and collective traces left on her country by the civil war. By Claudia Kramatschek Read more

Politics

A Egyptian Copt vents his grief and anger following the terrorist attack in Tanta (photo: Reuters/M. Abd el Ghany)

Terror attack on Egypt′s Christian minority

Why the Coptic focus?

Iraqi boy riding past a burning oil-field following an IS attack in Qayyarah near Mosul (photo: Getty Images/C. Court)

Arab identity crisis

What is left of the Arabs?

Mohamedou Ould Slahi with his family (photo: Emran Feroz)

Interview with Mohamedou Ould Slahi

"The rule of law means nothing to a corrupt regime"

Rouhani supporters celebrate their president′s victory in Tehran (photo: Tasnim)

Presidential election aftermath in Iran

Rouhani, take note!

Society

″Extremist Salafism: a youth culture″; brochure issued in 2015 by the NRW interior ministry (photo: dpa/picture-alliance)

Combatting Salafist radicalisation in Germany

Under scrutiny

Donald and Melania Trump board Air Force One on 19 May 2017, destination Saudi Arabia (photo: Reuters)

Islam, Judaism, Christianity and Donald Trump

So much cotton candy

Federal Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel meeting representatives of religious communities in North and West Africa, the Middle East and Europe at the German Foreign Office for the international ″Peace responsibility of religions″ conference (photo: dpa)

″Peace responsibility of religions″ conference

Religion′s potential for peace

Hundreds of Afghan refugees protest in Munich against the new policy of deporting Afghan asylum seekers to Afghanistan on 15.11.2015 (photo: Ebrahimi)

Afghan asylum seekers in Germany

Facing the cold shoulder

Culture

Lebanese author Iman Humaydan (photo: Reine Mahfouz)

Book review: Iman Humaydan′s ″The Weight of Paradise″

Suppressed guilt, suppressed memories

Susan Abulhawa at the Oslo Book Festival Susan Abulhawa at the Oslo Book Festival (photo: decltype; http://en.wikipedia.org/User:Decltype)

Interview with Palestinian American writer Susan Abulhawa

″Literature is a facet of society″

The Dosti Music Project (source: Found Sound Nation)

Album review: The Dosti Music Project′s ″Travelers″

Coming home

German jazz quartet Masaa; Rabih Lahoud is second from right (source: Traumton)

Interview with Masaa frontman Rabih Lahoud

Outspoken appeal