Civil war in Syria
First Assad, then "Islamic State"
Converts to Islam
German Islam
The National Museum in Beirut
Fighting to save the region's cultural heritage
Gertrude Bell
Queen of the desert

Civil war in Syria

If the self-styled "Islamic State" is to be successfully combatted, the Syrian conflict has to be resolved. And for this, one thing is necessary above all: an alternative to the Assad regime. This alternative can only be created in safe zones, writes Kristin HelbergRead more

Converts to Islam

Germans who adopt Islam not out of frustration but out of a sincere passion for the religion are often disappointed by those born into the Muslim faith, finding that they insufficiently embody the beauty of Islamic doctrine and spirituality. By Charlotte WiedemannRead more

The National Museum in Beirut

As world heritage sites in Iraq and Syria continue to be bombed, blown up and bulldozed, the question as to what can be done to save their historical treasures has taken on a new urgency. The National Museum in Beirut is playing its part in trying to save the region's cultural heritage. By Juliane Metzker in BeirutRead more

Gertrude Bell

Gertrude Bell was many things: an archaeologist, an intelligence officer and a great British eccentric. Above all, however, writes Iris Mostegel, she was a key figure in the Middle East during the First World War and the woman who shaped modern-day IraqRead more

Politics

Palestinians burn an image of President Assad (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Civil war in Syria

First Assad, then "Islamic State"

Protesters in Beirut demonstrate against the country's waste disposal problems and political corruption (photo: Getty Images/AFP)

Lebanon's "You Stink" protest movement

Rubbish knows no religion

Anti-American graffiti outside the former US embassy in Tehran (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

US–Iranian relations

The end of Iran's Islamic Revolution

Pakistani and Indian soldiers lower the flags of their countries during a daily ceremony at the Wagha border between the two countries (photo: BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images)

Politics and religion

The instrumentalisation of religion

Society

The National Museum in Beirut, Lebanon (photo: Juliane Metzker)

The National Museum in Beirut

Fighting to save the region's cultural heritage

People attend an event in the Sehitlik Mosque in Berlin-Neukolln (photo: Max Zander)

Converts to Islam

German Islam

Young people celebrate the Holi-inspired Festival of Colour in Ramallah, 27 August 2015 (photo: Shadi Hatem)

Life in the West Bank

The changing face of Ramallah

Leila and Mustafa (photo: DW/Louise Osborne)

Syrian refugees in Turkey on the Syrian conflict

Keeping the revolution alive

Culture

Gertrude Margaret Lowthian Bell (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/CPA Media Co.)

Gertrude Bell

Queen of the desert

Saudi women look at jewellery at a gold fair in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 21 March 2009 (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Book review: "Where Pigeons Don't Fly" by Yousef Al-Mohaimeed

Haunted by a suffocating society

The Indonesian writer Feby Indirani (photo: private)

Interview with the Indonesian writer Feby Indirani

Indonesian literature "needs more exposure"

Cover of "The Kindness of Enemies" by Leila Aboulela (source: Weidenfeld & Nicolson)

Book review: "The Kindness of Enemies" by Leila Aboulela

Crises of identity and loyalty from Scotland to the Caucasus