Interview with Sami Tlili
"We've reached a crossroads"
Syria's cultural heritage under threat
"Virtually nothing is left"
Mercan Dede's album "Dunya"
Earth as an acoustic notebook
The Kurds and Turkish–Iranian relations
Caught between two stools

Interview with the Tunisian documentary filmmaker Sami Tlili

In conversation with Martina Sabra, the Tunisian literary scholar and documentary filmmaker Sami Tlili talks about the political future of the North African country following the recent parliamentary elections, and the democratic prospects three years after the "Jasmine Revolution"Read more

Syria's cultural heritage under threat

It is now plain for all to see that the destruction of Syria's cultural heritage is far worse than anyone expected. Michel al-Maqdissi, director of the Archaeological Excavations Department at the Syrian Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums from 2000 to 2012, tells Mona Sarkis how dire things really are and of the mistakes made by UNESCORead more

Mercan Dede's album "Dunya"

One man has changed the face of the Turkish music scene for good: Arkin Ilicali alias Mercan Dede. His new album, "Dunya", completes his cycle on the elements. Stefan Franzen introduces an exceptional musician and his latest workRead more

Politics

The Tunisian documentary filmmaker Sami Tlili (photo: Filminitiativ Köln e.V.)

Interview with the Tunisian documentary filmmaker Sami Tlili

"We've reached a crossroads"

A Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebel in Aleppo (photo: Reuters)

The Syrian conflict and the fight against IS

Time to treat allies like allies

A man draped in a Tunisian flag stands at the back of a queue (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Parliamentary and presidential elections in Tunisia

The euphoria has evaporated

Society

Damage to the Grand Mosque in Aleppo (photo: picture-alliance/abaca)

Syria's cultural heritage under threat

"Virtually nothing is left"

Salafists protesting at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, 30 March 2014 (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/W. Steinberg)

The jihadi fighters of IS

"Jihadism has become a German phenomenon"

A supporter of Pierre Vogel during a Salafist rally in Frankfurt on Main on 7 September 2014 (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/B. Roessler)

Salafists in Germany

A simple world view and the promise of paradise

Muhsin Hendricks (photo: Jannis Hagmann)

Interview with the South African imam Muhsin Hendricks

"Islam does give us leeway to think"

Culture

Mercan Dede (photo: Agentur)

Mercan Dede's album "Dunya"

Earth as an acoustic notebook

The Egyptian theatre director Ahmed el-Attar (photo: Studio Emad Eddin Foundation (SEE)

Interview with the Egyptian theatre director Ahmed el-Attar

"Art changes thought in the long term"

Simo Lagnawi (photo: Simo Lagnawi/Riverboat Records)

Album review: "The Gnawa Berber" by Simo Lagnawi

A wholehearted expression of devotion

Scene from the comic strip about Abu A and Abu B by Karl Sharro (source: karlremarks.com 2014)

Fighting Islamic State with satire and black humour

Terribly funny