Interview with Aboud Saeed
"When the regime lost its control, I lost my fear"
Germany's Islamophobic Pegida movement
"The product of a nervous society"
Interview with Laila Soliman
Revolutions past and present
Peshawar school attack
The cynical logic of the Pakistan Taliban

Interview with the Syrian blogger Aboud Saeed

Aboud Saeed started his Facebook blog on the war in Syria with the words "I am the smartest guy on Facebook". Today he has the highest number of possible friends and thousands of followers. His status updates have been published and translated into several languages. Ceyda Nurtsch spoke to the Syrian bloggerRead more

The sudden rise of Germany's Islamophobic Pegida movement

In the past week, there have been a number of well-attended marches against the "Islamisation of the West" in German cities. These marches were organised by supporters of Pegida (Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West). Why has the Pegida movement in Germany grown so much so fast? In this interview with Dennis Stute, sociologist Oliver Nachtwey says that political parties are a key factor and warns against the wrong knee-jerk responseRead more

Interview with the Egyptian theatre director Laila Soliman

In 1919, Saad Zaghloul demanded the independence of Egypt from the United Kingdom and went down in history as an Egyptian revolutionary. Almost one hundred years later, in 2011, the world watched the 25 January revolution with bated breath. Laura Pannasch spoke to Laila Soliman about her theatre performance "Whims of Freedom", which draws parallels between the two popular uprisingsRead more

Peshawar school attack

The brutal attack on a military-run school in Peshawar killing well over 100 children and several adults proves once again that even conservative Islamic countries like Pakistan cannot escape the deadly threat of militant Islamism. By Florian WeigandRead more

Politics

Supporters of the Pegida movement demonstrating in Dresden (photo: Matthias Hieckel/dpa)

The sudden rise of Germany's Islamophobic Pegida movement

"The product of a nervous society"

Syrian children in a schoolroom riddled with bullet holes, Aleppo (photo: Reuters/Muzaffar Salman)

Civil war in Syria

Everyday life in a country destroyed

Supporters of Nidaa Tounes celebrating their party's election victory in Tunis (photo: dpa)

Six lessons learned from Tunisia's recent elections

"Religion is God's, but democracy belongs to everyone!"

Poster from the "Free Douma 4" campaign (source: Syria Untold)

The kidnapping of the "Douma 4"

The Salafist and the human rights activist

Society

A Pakistani soldier walks through the Army Public School a day after the deadly attack by Taliban militants in Peshawar, 17 December 2014 (photo: AFP/Getty Images/A Majeed)

Peshawar school attack

The cynical logic of the Pakistan Taliban

Children in Souss-Massa-Daraa, Djebel Sarhro, Antiatlas (photo: picture-alliance/blickwinkel/H.J. Igelmund)

Morocco's social gulf

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The many faces of poverty

A photographer takes a close up of one of the figures at the exhibition "SNIP IT! Stances on Ritual Circumcision" at the Jewish Museum in Berlin (photo: dpa/Wolfgang Kumm)

Exhibition: "SNIP IT! Stances on Ritual Circumcision"

An objective examination of a controversial issue

Culture

Aboud Saeed (photo: Hartwig Klappert)

Interview with the Syrian blogger Aboud Saeed

"When the regime lost its control, I lost my fear"

Laila Soliman (photo: Ruud Gielens)

Interview with the Egyptian theatre director Laila Soliman

Revolutions past and present

Readers at the Cairo book fair (photo: imago/Xinhua)

Crowdfunding for translations of Arabic literature

A new way to reach a wider readership

Galata Bridge, Istanbul, 1954 (photo: © Ara Güler)

Photography: Ara Güler retrospective

The man who photographed Istanbul