Erdogan′s grand plan
Turkey's last elections?
Syrian author and poet Ra′id Wahsh
Who ate the sky?
Interview with Abolhassan Banisadr
Selling the revolution on
Jihadism debate
Beyond the Mediterranean

Erdogan′s grand plan

The parliament in Ankara is manoeuvring itself into checkmate as it prepares to grant the president unlimited power. Erdogan is thus going forward with his plan to rebuild the state – in a spine-chilling manner. Commentary by Bulent MumayRead more

Syrian author and poet Ra′id Wahsh

What are Syrian authors writing about their country? How do they write? Who among them can find the strength to capture the horrors of war in words? Stefan Buchen has been reading a monologue written by one young writer. Literature that emerges from the rubble and ruins of war, he says, may well strike a familiar chord – it just needs to be translatedRead more

Interview with Iranian dissident Abolhassan Banisadr

Following the Islamic Revolution of 1979, millions of Iranian dissidents were forced to flee the country for fear of reprisals. Prominent among them, Abolhassan Banisadr, the first president of the Islamic Republic. Having fallen out with Khomeini, he left Iran in the summer of 1981. Interview by Mahindokht MesbahRead more

Jihadism debate

Our image of Arab countries tends to be dominated by terror and violence. Yet many people across the region are working hard to defend their freedoms and fight for a decent life – under difficult circumstances. An essay by Asiem El DifraouiRead more

Politics

A man bearing the Turkish flag walks past a Turkish police office guarding the Reina nightclub in Istanbul following the New Year's Eve terrorist attack (photo: picture-alliance/AP Photo/E. Gurel)

Erdogan′s grand plan

Turkey's last elections?

″No to terrorism!″ – Demonstration in Tunis against the repatriation of convicted jihadists (photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Jihadism debate

Beyond the Mediterranean

Abolhassan Banisadr (photo: Peter Weis)

Interview with Iranian dissident Abolhassan Banisadr

Selling the revolution on

Israeli-Palestinian peace activists (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Middle East conflict

Empty rhetoric

Society

Symbolbild "Noktara - Nachrichten aus dem Morgenland, schon heute!"; Quelle: noktara.de

Satirical news website Noktara

A laughing matter

Women speaking in a discussion (photo: British Council)

Gender equality in the Middle East

To the benefit of all

"Judenschein" belonging to Fred Amram's mother

Trump′s plans for the USA

Beware Muslim registration!

Author and UAE ambassador to Russia Omar Saif Ghobash (photo: Sigrid Estrada)

Omar Saif Ghobash′s ″Letters to a young Muslim″

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Seeking the Muslim individual

Culture

Stock image of a teenage girl reading (source: freestockphotos.biz)

Arab teens and Young Adult literature

The new wave

Syrian writer and poet Ra′id Wahsh (photo: Salama Abdo)

Syrian author and poet Ra′id Wahsh

Who ate the sky?

War photographer Andy Spyra (photo: J. Idrizi)

Interview with war photographer Andy Spyra

The pull of war

Historic illustration of Babur and his successor Humayun (source: Wikipedia)

Homoerotic poetry in Islam

Reeling with desire