Interview with Ahmad Milad Karimi
Accessing the Koran
Afghan refugees in Pakistan
Underprivileged and unwanted
Turkey: interview with Bilgin Ayata
No haven for refugees
Simin Tander and Tord Gustavsen
The harmony of mysticism

Interview with the Islam scholar Ahmad Milad Karimi

Ahmad Milad Karimi is one of Germany′s most dynamic philosophers of religion. Having come to the country as a refugee when he was a child, he is now helping to establish an Islamic philosophy of religion and has produced a new translation of the Koran. His main concern is to break down the foreignness of IslamRead more

Afghan refugees in Pakistan

Pakistan has the second-largest refugee population in the world and the number of internally displaced people (IDPs) is growing too. The country is fighting internal militants and facing huge challenges. Islamabad is struggling to live up to its domestic and international obligations. By Waqqas MirRead more

Turkey: interview with Bilgin Ayata

Turkey′s military has been leading operations in the east of the country for months. The clashes have cost hundreds of lives so far. Ceyda Nurtsch spoke to Bilgin Ayata, assistant professor of political sociology at Basel University, about the political motivation behind the conflict and its impact on Turkey′s citizensRead more

Simin Tander and Tord Gustavsen

The Afghan-German singer Simin Tander and the Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen combine Sufi poetry with Christian hymns. By Stefan FranzenRead more

Politics

Afghan refugee children in Islamabad, Pakistan (photo: AP)

Afghan refugees in Pakistan

Underprivileged and unwanted

The ailing Algerian president, Abdelaziz (l.) receives the new head of the armed forces, Ahmed Gaid Salah (photo: AFP/Getty Images)

President Bouteflika and Algeria′s future

The sick man of the Mediterranean

The political sociologist Bilgin Ayata (photo: private)

Turkey: interview with Bilgin Ayata

No haven for refugees

House facade pockmarked by bullets in Diyarbakir (photo: Murat Bayram)

Turkey′s campaign against the PKK

Siege tactics

Society

Professor Milad Karimi (photo: private)

Interview with the Islam scholar Ahmad Milad Karimi

Accessing the Koran

Lecture at the Centre for Islamic Theology in Tubingen (photo: imago/epd)

Islamic theology

Turning over a new page

The journalist Charlotte Wiedemann (photo: Deutsche Welle)

Sexualised violence against women

A feminism of new alliances

Avicenna students and scholarship holders (photo: Vincenzo Ferrera)

The Avicenna scholarship programme

Cosmopolitan and female

Culture

Simin Tander (photo: Simin Tander′s website/press kit/official press pictures)

Simin Tander and Tord Gustavsen

The harmony of mysticism

Elektro Hafiz presents his saz (photo: Face Montana)

Elektro Hafiz

A musical maverick

Woman during a Farsi language class in Iran (photo: ayaronline)

Mother-tongue instruction in multi-ethnic Iran

Linguistic diversity as opportunity

The Sudanese writer Amir Tag Elsir (source: Twitter)

Book review: ″Telepathy″ by Amir Tag Elsir

An author and his doubles