Islamic approaches to non-violence
In Gandhi's footsteps
Creative activism in Berlin on the refugee crisis
"The dead are coming"
Shukri al-Mabkhout's novel "The Italian"
Failure in the police state
Headscarf debate – the case of Betül Ulusoy
Egalitarianism versus equality

Islamic approaches to non-violence

Ever since the attacks of 9/11 and the rise of political Islam, the relationship between Islam and violence has presented a fundamental challenge for Muslims. Merely distancing itself from terrorism is not enough for an in-depth confrontation with the subject. Some voices on the Islamic spectrum are taking things further. They endorse a completely non-violent stance, and are also finding theological justification for their approach. By Claudia MendeRead more

Creative activism in Berlin on the refugee crisis

With the burial in Berlin of a refugee previously exhumed in Italy, the "Center for Political Beauty" art collective registered its opposition to EU refugee policies. The first in a series of controversial actions has triggered heated debate across the country. By Heike MundRead more

Shukri al-Mabkhout's novel "The Italian"

"The Italian", the debut novel by Tunisian writer Shukri al-Mabkhout, lays bare the mechanisms of control and censorship in operation during the Ben Ali era. It is a worthy winner of this year's "Arab Booker" prize, says Günther Orth.Read more

Headscarf debate – the case of Betül Ulusoy

She is not allowed to work because she wears a headscarf. I was shocked when I read the message from my fellow-campaigner and friend Betül Ulusoy. She is extremely talented, she is diligent, she is pious. But people reduce her to a piece of cloth that she wears out of conviction, as an emblem of self-determination and an expression of her religious identity. A contribution to the debate by Ran GilermanRead more

Politics

Alaya Allani, professor of contemporary history at the Manouba University in Tunis (photo: Beat Stauffer)

Interview with Alaya Allani, an expert on Islamism

"The jihadists have no social base in Libya"

Syrian opposition fighters get ready to destroy a poster of President Bashar al-Assad, early June 2015 (photo: DW/AA/I. Hariri)

The Assad regime and the civil war in Syria

Clash of barbarisms

Gulistan Gurbey (photo: private)

Interview with Turkish political scientist Gulistan Gurbey

Litmus test for Turkish democracy

Society

Mona Eltahawy (centre) at the International Women's Conference in Cairo (photo: Maya Alleruzzo/AP)

Mona Eltahawy: "Why do you hate us so?"

The Middle East needs a sexual revolution

Betül Ulusoy (r.) and Riem Spielhaus in conversation at the re:publica 2015 on 07.05.2015 in Berlin (photo: re:publica/Gregor Fischer)

Headscarf debate – the case of Betül Ulusoy

Egalitarianism versus equality

Mahatma Gandhi (photo: dpa)

Islamic approaches to non-violence

In Gandhi's footsteps

Refugees at the Italian–French border in Ventimiglia, Italy (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Migration and xenophobia

Europe's refugee problem, then and now

Culture

Tunisian writer Shukri al-Mabkhout (photo: Dar al-Tanweer)

Shukri al-Mabkhout's novel "The Italian"

Failure in the police state

Symbolic cemetery in front of the German Parliament as part of the "March of the Determined" action in Berlin (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/R. Jensen)

Creative activism in Berlin on the refugee crisis

"The dead are coming"

Tiken Jah Fakoly (photo: Y. Lenquette)

The "Musiques Sacrees du Monde" festival

Fez: an African reflection