Turkish military operations against IS and the PKK
Erdogan's double strategy
"The Islam Quintet" by Tariq Ali
A wonderful reminder of Islam's contribution to world culture
"The Bamboo Stalk" by Saud Alsanousi
A life uprooted and replanted
Kurds in Iraq
When hope turns to fear

Turkish military operations against IS and the PKK

After years of hesitancy, Turkey has begun launching airstrikes on IS positions in Syria. At the same time, Ankara has also deployed its air force against fighters with the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). Analysts suspect that President Erdogan is now pursuing a strategy all his own. By Cigdem Akyol in IstanbulRead more

Book review: "The Islam Quintet" by Tariq Ali

Nearly 20 years in the writing, Tariq Ali's "The Islam Quintet" has just been reissued, redesigned and made available as a complete set by Verso Books. Written in response to a comment heard by the author during the first Gulf War suggesting Muslim's have no culture, the five books dip in and out of history disproving this proposition. Not only does the quintet successfully display the depth and variety of Islamic culture, it provides readers with a perspective on world events we rarely experience. By Richard MarcusRead more

Book review: "The Bamboo Stalk" by Saud Alsanousi

The world is familiar with reports about the exploitation of migrant labourers in the Gulf region. In 2013, Saud Alsanousi's book "The Bamboo Stalk", which focuses on the experiences of a young man in Kuwait who is half Kuwaiti, half Filipino, won the International Prize for Arabic Fiction. This novel shines a light on the discrimination and rejection experienced by so many migrants in this region. Nahrain Al-Mousawi read the bookRead more

Kurds in Iraq

By extending its airstrikes against the terror organisation IS to include Kurdish militant PKK targets, Turkey risks escalating conflict with other Kurdish groups in the region. The Iraqi Kurds are worried. By Birgit Svensson in IrbilRead more

Politics

Recep Tayyip Erdogan (photo: picture-alliance/AP Photo/A. Emric)

Turkish military operations against IS and the PKK

Erdogan's double strategy

Soldiers with surface-to-air missile launcher in the background (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Kurds in Iraq

When hope turns to fear

Tunisian parliament (photo: picture-alliance/AA/A. Landoulsi)

New anti-terrorism law in Tunisia

Law triggers hope and concern

The Boko Haram flag (photo: S. Yas/AFP/Getty Images)

The rise of Boko Haram

When the terror began

Society

Photo symbolising women and Islamic State (source: picture-alliance/dpa)

The IS manifesto for women

Baiting the jihadi brides

Poster advertising Abla Fahita's TV show in Cairo (photo: Elisabeth Lehmann)

Abla Fahita: an Egyptian media phenomenon

The taboo-challenging puppet

Eric Maddox addressing a gathering of people taking part in a Virtual Iftar Project dinner (photo: Lora Lucero)

The Virtual Iftar Project

"It is harder to ignore, vilify or harm those with whom we have broken bread"

Esraa el-Taweel (photo: private)

Abducted civilians in Egypt

The disappeared

Culture

Tariq Ali (photo: picture-alliance/Efigie-Leemage)

Book review: "The Islam Quintet" by Tariq Ali

A wonderful reminder of Islam's contribution to world culture

Saud Alsanousi (photo: Saud Alsanousi)

Book review: "The Bamboo Stalk" by Saud Alsanousi

A life uprooted and replanted

Ho, Titi and Boni, the three protagonists in the documentary "Jalanan" (source: Jalananmovie.com)

The Indonesian documentary "Jalanan"

Love, humour, satire, song and struggle in Jakarta

Director Nabil Ayouch at the Cannes Film Festival (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/I. Langsdon)

Nabil Ayouch's film "Much Loved"

Sinner or saint?