Islam the bogeyman
Tarred with the same brush
Iranian-Saudi relations
For better, for worse
Afghan refugees and the right to remain
Fast-track baptisms
Aleppo soap
Balsam from a war zone

Islam the bogeyman

The fear of Islam is socially construed and tied to societally entrenched anti-Muslim racism that fails to distinguish between Islam and Islamism. Essay by Andreas BockRead more

Iranian-Saudi relations

The West often reduces the strained relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia to the sectarian Sunni-Shia conflict, but the reality is far more complex. By Joseph CroitoruRead more

Afghan refugees and the right to remain

Germany is currently witnessing a sharp increase in the number of conversions from Islam to Christianity among its considerable refugee community. Christian sects from Asia are exploiting the fear of deportation among Afghan refugees – with potentially fatal consequences. By Ulrike HummelRead more

Aleppo soap

Although the mere mention of the city of Aleppo conjures up images of war and destruction, Aleppo soap is flying off the shelves in Germany's organic shops and supermarkets. But how does this popular product get from war-torn Syria to Germany? And is it really made in Aleppo? By Mey DudinRead more

Politics

National flags of Iran and Saudi Arabia (source: DW)

Iranian-Saudi relations

For better, for worse

Muslim woman with hijab in France (photo: dpa)

Islam the bogeyman

Tarred with the same brush

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump during a joint news conference at the White House on 15 February 2017 (photo: Reuters/K. Lamarque)

Resolving the Israel-Palestine conflict

Expect nothing from Trump

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (photo: Reuters/Turkey Presidential Palace)

The achievements of Erdogan

With me or against me

Society

Conversion of refugees in a Berlin church (photo: Getty Images/AFP)

Afghan refugees and the right to remain

Fast-track baptisms

Stacks of Aleppo soap in a factory in Aleppo′s Old Town (photo: Reuters)

Aleppo soap

Balsam from a war zone

NGO employees protest against the constitutional changes passed by the Turkish parliament in January 2017 (photo: Reuters/U. Bektas)

Closure of NGOs in Turkey

Forced to down tools

Saudi women waiting to be picked up by their drivers (photo: Getty Images/AFP/F. Nureldine)

Saudi health reforms and women′s rights

Still a sore point

Culture

Cultural anthropologist Zuzanna Olszewksa (photo: Artandconflictglob.com)

"The Pearl of Dari" by Zuzanna Olszewska

Treasuring their common Persian heritage

Syrian artist Hamid Sulaiman (Getty Images/AFP/P. Lopez)

Syrian author Hamid Sulaiman

″The hospital is the true hero″

″Street Punk! Banda Aceh″ (source: mariabakkalapulo.com)

″Street Punk! Banda Aceh″ – a film documentary

Stage-diving from Mecca′s verandah

Libyan writer Hisham Matar (photo: AP)

Book review: Hisham Matar′s ″The Return″

A painful void