Life in the West Bank
The changing face of Ramallah
Gertrude Bell
Queen of the desert
Lebanon's "You Stink" protest movement
Rubbish knows no religion
Book review: "Where Pigeons Don't Fly" by Yousef Al-Mohaimeed
Haunted by a suffocating society

Life in the West Bank

After the signing of the Oslo I Accord in 1993, Ramallah, the de-facto capital of the Palestinian Authority, became the biggest per-capita recipient of aid in the world. This, coupled with the influx of investment, turned the city into something of a boomtown. Ramallah's vibrant nightlife and work opportunities with international organisations have attracted many young people from the periphery of Palestine, but also criticism from those who ask how an occupied city can be so seemingly oblivious to what is happening just a few kilometres away or so willing to build over the city's heritage. By Ylenia GostoliRead more

Gertrude Bell

Gertrude Bell was many things: an archaeologist, an intelligence officer and a great British eccentric. Above all, however, writes Iris Mostegel, she was a key figure in the Middle East during the First World War and the woman who shaped modern-day IraqRead more

Lebanon's "You Stink" protest movement

Triggered by a waste disposal crisis, a new movement has formed in Lebanon. Yet the "You Stink" campaign is more than an initiative against unsolved rubbish problems; it is also a rebellion against Lebanon's family clans and confessionalism, a system that divides up political power among the country's religious communities in proportion to their percentage of the population. By Karim El-GawharyRead more

Book review: "Where Pigeons Don't Fly" by Yousef Al-Mohaimeed

Yousef Al-Mohaimeed's "Where Pigeons Don't Fly" begins with the melancholic self-imposed exile of a young Saudi man in a small UK town. Originally published in 2009 in Arabic, the novel became a bestseller and was translated to English by Robin Moger last year. While Al-Mohaimeed's short stories and novels are mostly set in Saudi Arabia, have garnered acclaim and prizes, and been translated into several languages, this controversial author's work has had to be published outside the kingdom due to censorship. By Nahrain Al-MousawiRead more

Politics

Protesters in Beirut demonstrate against the country's waste disposal problems and political corruption (photo: Getty Images/AFP)

Lebanon's "You Stink" protest movement

Rubbish knows no religion

Anti-American graffiti outside the former US embassy in Tehran (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

US–Iranian relations

The end of Iran's Islamic Revolution

Pakistani and Indian soldiers lower the flags of their countries during a daily ceremony at the Wagha border between the two countries (photo: BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images)

Politics and religion

The instrumentalisation of religion

Al-Shabab fighters in Somalia (photo: picture-alliance/AP Photo/F.-A. Warsameh)

Islamism in eastern Africa

Not immune to terror

Society

Leila and Mustafa (photo: DW/Louise Osborne)

Syrian refugees in Turkey on the Syrian conflict

Keeping the revolution alive

Azraq refugee camp in the Jordanian desert (photo: World Vision/R. Neufeld)

Jordan and the influx of refugees

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The true Samaritans

From right: Manuela Schwesig (German Minister for Families), Nurhan Soykan (Secretary-General of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany) and Erika Theißen (Managing Director of the meeting and training centre for Muslim women in Cologne) at the Islam Conference 2014 (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/B. Von Jutrczenka)

The rights of Muslims in Germany

Protected by the German constitution

Michael Muhammad Knight (photo: Michael Muhammad Knight)

Book review: "Why I Am A Salafi" by Michael Muhammad Knight

An in-depth exploration of Islam

Culture

Gertrude Margaret Lowthian Bell (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/CPA Media Co.)

Gertrude Bell

Queen of the desert

Saudi women look at jewellery at a gold fair in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 21 March 2009 (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Book review: "Where Pigeons Don't Fly" by Yousef Al-Mohaimeed

Haunted by a suffocating society

The Indonesian writer Feby Indirani (photo: private)

Interview with the Indonesian writer Feby Indirani

Indonesian literature "needs more exposure"

Cover of "The Kindness of Enemies" by Leila Aboulela (source: Weidenfeld & Nicolson)

Book review: "The Kindness of Enemies" by Leila Aboulela

Crises of identity and loyalty from Scotland to the Caucasus