The headscarf ruling from Germany's Consitutional Court
Heated debate on all sides
Interview with comedian Mona Shaikh
"Being able to create a dialogue is a very important step for me"
The Druze in the Syrian conflict
Potential to tip the scales
Interview with filmmaker Samir
An Iraqi odyssey

The headscarf ruling from Germany's Consitutional Court

The headscarf ruling handed down by the Karlsruhe judges on 13 March met with divided reactions. While some are calling it a landmark decision, others see it not as a solution but as a potential source of further problems. Canan Topcu outlines the various positionsRead more

Interview with comedian Mona Shaikh

Mona Shaikh is a naughty Muslim comedian who does not shy away from breaking taboos. Shaikh deploys comedy as a weapon to criticise religious leaders and politicians who use Islam and the Koran as an excuse to impose restrictions on women. Roma Rajpal Weiß spoke to her on growing up a Muslim in the United States in the aftermath of 9/11 and her unusual choice of profession as a Pakistani womanRead more

The Druze in the Syrian conflict

For many years, Syria's Druze community was regarded as a loyal ally of Assad. Yet their pleas to Damascus to protect them against extremist groups fell on deaf ears. Now, on account of their increasing distance to the Baath regime, the Druze are at risk of getting caught in the crossfire. Details by Firas MaksadRead more

Interview with filmmaker Samir

In his impressive 3D documentary "Iraqi Odyssey", the Iraqi-born Swiss filmmaker Samir combines the personal stories of some of his relatives with archive footage of events in Iraq from the Ottoman Empire to the era of Saddam Hussein. Igal Avidan spoke to him in BerlinRead more

Politics

Remembering the victims of the Taliban attack on a military school in December 2014 in Peshwar, Pakistan (photo: DW/F. Khan)

Islam in Pakistan

The myth of the Muslim monolith

Members of the Druze community in Syria holding up Syrian flags during a demonstration of loyalty to the regime in Majdal Sams (photo: picture-alliance)

The Druze in the Syrian conflict

Potential to tip the scales

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (photo: Reuters/A. Cohen)

Nuclear negotiations with Iran

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Netanyahu down a diplomatic cul-de-sac

Saudi Defence Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman and soldiers (photo: Reuters/Saudi Press Agency)

Saudi Arabia and the conflict in Yemen

Saudi actions backfire

Society

A female student wearing a headscarf (photo: picture-alliance/Joker)

The headscarf ruling from Germany's Consitutional Court

Heated debate on all sides

Farid Hafez speaking on the occasion of the presentation of the Bruno Kreisky Award 2010 (photo: cc-by/Fatih Ozturk)

Interview with the political scientist Farid Hafez

"An expression of institutional Islamophobia"

The first two editions of the women's magazine "Zhin" (photo: DW/O. Greenway)

Women's magazine "Zhin" in Iraqi Kurdistan

Challenging traditions

Ronja von Wurmb-Seibel (photo: Niklas Schenck)

Interview with Ronja von Wurmb-Seibel

"My life in Afghanistan is more normal than people assume"

Culture

Mona Shaikh (photo: Ash Gupta/838 Media Group)

Interview with comedian Mona Shaikh

"Being able to create a dialogue is a very important step for me"

Samir (photo: Berlinale)

Interview with filmmaker Samir

An Iraqi odyssey

Tawfiq al-Hakim (photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Book review: Tawfiq al-Hakim's "The Revolt of the Young"

A revolutionary manual for older generations

Amjad Nasser (photo: Amjad Nasser)

Amjad Nasser on the role of Arab writers in Arab society

Speaking out in societies without words