Gewaltloser Protest im Nahostkonflikt
Argwöhnisch beäugt
Parliamentary elections in Iraq
Shifting towards Iran?
"Syrien – ein Land ohne Krieg"
Syria, as it once was
Interview with Feridun Zaimoglu
"A Muslim cannot be an identitarian"

Peaceful Palestinian protests

The lack of support by the political elite for non-violent protests in Palestine means the model of local resistance will remain marginalised. By Mahmoud JarabaRead more

Parliamentary elections in Iraq

At the forthcoming parliamentary poll in Iraq, the question is who will gain the upper hand – pro-Iranian Shias or pro-western forces? A pre-election analysis by Arnold HottingerRead more

"Syrien – ein Land ohne Krieg"

Many people now only associate Syria with war. In an attempt to counteract these associations, photographer Lutz Jakel and journalist Lamya Kaddor have put together a book of photography from pre-war Syria. By Marian BrehmerRead more

Interview with Turkish-German writer Feridun Zaimoglu

In interview with, leading Turkish-German writer Feridun Zaimoglu is critical of the state of Germany's culture of debate. While unimpressed with Homeland Minister Seehofer's comments on Islam, he also has little time for the outrage of religious functionariesRead more


Voting in Iraq – voters at a Baghdad polling station (photo: ABAH ARAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Parliamentary elections in Iraq

Shifting towards Iran?

Barbed wire in front of the container terminal in the port of Hamburg, Germany (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

EU and the Maghreb

Fair trade for a level playing field

Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen at his house in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania (photo: Reuters/C. Mostoller)

The Gulen movement and the failed coup in Turkey

Harmless is not the word


Feridun Zaimoglu (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/Erwin Elsner)

Interview with Turkish-German writer Feridun Zaimoglu

"A Muslim cannot be an identitarian"

From left to right: great uncle Awad, aunts Sofia and Fawzia and grandmother Tamam in Nablus, Palestine in 1968 (photo: private)

Stories from the Palestinian diaspora

My grandmother, the selfie generation, and I

Sociologist Armin Nassehi (photo: dpa/picture-alliance)

Interview with the sociologist Armin Nassehi

The token politics of "Heimat"

Man wearing a kippah takes part in an anti-Semitism demonstration in Berlin (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/M. Hitija)

Germany’s anti-Semitism problem

Jew, Israeli, Zionist


Cover of Jakel and Kaddorʹs "Syrien – ein Land ohne Krieg" (Syria – a country without war), published in German by Malik (photo: Lutz Jakel)

"Syrien – ein Land ohne Krieg"

Syria, as it once was

Traditional Palestinian "tatreez" (photo: Fatima Abbadi)

Traditional Palestinian "tatreez"

Sewing with a message

Iraqi American author Dunya Mikhail (source: New Directions)

Non-fiction: Dunya Mikhailʹs "The Beekeeper"

Rescuing the stolen women

The band "Persian Side Of Jazz" on stage in 2013 in Teheran (source: YouTube)

The history of jazz in Iran

Creating a confluence