Interview with Ghassan Al-Attiyah
A nation torn apart
The Moroccan thinker Abdallah Laroui
A modernist who defends theocracy
Book review: Mohamedou Ould Slahi's "Guantanamo diary"
Diary entries from the darkness
Interview with Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb
"What the Islamist armed movements are doing is wrong"

Interview with Iraqi political scientist Ghassan Al-Attiyah

According to Ghassan Al-Attiyah, Iraq's political elite failed to develop an interdenominational understanding of the state after the end of the Baath dictatorship. Mulham Al-Malaika spoke to the renowned Iraqi political scientist about the country's future and the fight against ISRead more

The Moroccan thinker Abdallah Laroui

Abdallah Laroui has always been one of the people who advocated a break with the spiritual heritage of the Arab world and saw the values of Western modernity as the basis of a rational humanity. In a recent interview, however, he began defending theocracy, arguing that the Arab world had not succeeded in making a democratic system take root. By Ali AnouzlaRead more

Book review: Mohamedou Ould Slahi's "Guantanamo diary"

Mohamedou Ould Slahi wrote "Guantanamo diary" entirely by hand in his cell in Guantanamo Bay. Although heavily redacted by the censors, the book is still a harrowing and moving account of what one inmate of this notorious detention camp has been suffering for almost 13 years. By Emran FerozRead more

Interview with Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, grand imam of al-Azhar University

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Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb is grand imam of al-Azhar University in Cairo, one of the highest religious instances in Sunni Islam. In an interview with Khalid El Kaoutit, he explains how the jihadists of Islamic State (IS) are abusing Islamic doctrine for their own purposesRead more

Politics

A sandal rests on the head of a demolished statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad (photo: AP)

Interview with Iraqi political scientist Ghassan Al-Attiyah

A nation torn apart

Still from a Moroccan television show in which Abdallah Laroui made an appearance

The Moroccan thinker Abdallah Laroui

A modernist who defends theocracy

A Palestinian flag caught in barbed wire near Ni'lin (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Israeli economist Shir Hever

An economy of disparities

People filling containers with water from a water tanker in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa (photo: Reuters)

Yemeni refugees in Cairo

An unwelcome exile

Society

Barbed wire in front of an American flag (photo: picture-alliance/AP Photo/B.Linsley)

Book review: Mohamedou Ould Slahi's "Guantanamo diary"

Diary entries from the darkness

Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb (photo: Reuters)

Interview with Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, grand imam of al-Azhar University

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"What the Islamist armed movements are doing is wrong"

The hacked Facebook page of the French international broadcaster TV5Monde

The image policy of IS

Terror in the spotlight

Supporters of Islamic State (photo: AP)

Recruitment strategies used by Islamic State

A mutation of religion

Culture

Still from the film "Eyes of a Thief"

Palestinian feature film "Eyes of a Thief"

A political family drama

Sara Najafi and Parvin Namazi (both left) in a still from the film "No Land's Song"

Film review: "No Land's Song"

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One woman's quest to make Iranian women's voices heard

Festival-goers enjoying the music at "Les Dunes Electroniques" (photo: Jannis Hagmann)

Electro Festival "Les Dunes Electroniques" in Tunisia

Beats and bass in the desert

Orhan Pamuk at the launch of his book "A strangeness in my mind" (photo: picture-alliance/AA)

Book review: Orhan Pamuk's novel "A Strangeness in my mind"

A journey through time to a lost world