Four years of war in Syria
Where the uprising began and still lives on
General election in Israel
Disillusionment and hope
Rising tension in Bangladesh
Fundamentalists take centre stage amid political discord
Islam and religious freedom
Coercion leads to hypocrisy

Four years of war in Syria

The southern Syrian city of Daraa is the "cradle of the revolution" and the last bastion of the uprising against the Assad regime. Kristin Helberg on the special significance the provincial city has held since the start of the Syrian rebellion four years agoRead more

General election in Israel

Despite opinion poll and exit poll indications to the contrary, Benjamin Netanyahu and Likud won a clear victory in Tuesday's election. As the dust settles, Ylenia Gostoli reports on what the outcome might mean for Palestinians. Although disillusionment is widespread in the Palestinian Territories, the historic result for the Joint Arab List is seen as a positive developmentRead more

Rising tension in Bangladesh

The recent murder of prominent Bangladeshi-born blogger Avijit Roy has once again shone a spotlight on the state of freedom of speech in the country. Experts believe that fundamentalists are gaining ground as the country spirals deeper into a political crisis. By Roma Rajpal WeißRead more

Islam and religious freedom

Those who search the Koran for arguments in favour of intolerance and war will find what they are looking for – if they simply take the words literally and disregard their historical context. The Koran should not be read as a book, but as a discourse, says Halis Albayrak, head of the Institute for Koran Exegesis at the Islamic-Theological Faculty of the University of AnkaraRead more


Anti-fracking protests in Ain Salah (photo: Billal Bensalem/ABACAPRESS.COM)

Anti-fracking protests in Algeria

Revolution rising up from the desert?

Farah Hached (left) and Wahid Ferchichi at the presentation of the three-volume study "Tunisian Revolution and Security Challenges" (photo: Sarah Mersch)

NGO report on the Jasmine Revolution and security in Tunisia

How to make the transition from dictatorship to democracy

Protest in Dhaka, Bangladesh, denouncing the brutal murder of blogger Avijit Roy on 26 February 2015 (photo: DW)

Rising tension in Bangladesh

Fundamentalists take centre stage amid political discord


Muslim woman with German flag in Berlin (photo: dpa/picture-alliance)

Young Islam Conference

Headscarves not an issue for young people

Afghan Sufis at prayer (photo: picture-alliance/AP Photo/Masso)

Sufis in Afghanistan

The forgotten mystics of the Hindu Kush

Bottles of Taybeh's "Nadim" wine, Arabic for "drinking buddy" (photo: Ylenia Gostoli)

The Taybeh Vinfest, West Bank

Turning water into wine

An Islamic preacher reading the Koran (photo: dpa)

Islam and religious freedom

Coercion leads to hypocrisy


Protests in Istanbul against the censorship of the press (photo: picture-alliance/AP Photo)

Artists in Turkey

Artists against Erdogan's censorship

Israeli filmmaker Mor Loushy (photo: DW)

Interview with Israeli filmmaker Mor Loushy

"I am ultimately fighting for a better future in my homeland"

People attending a Kurdish langauge class in Diyarbakir, Turkey (photo. DW/N. Sipar)

Kurdish in exile

The right to a mother tongue

BKO Quintet (source: Buda Musique)

Album review: "Bamako Today" by the BKO Quintet

A fascinating mix of the old and the new