Author: Marian Brehmer

"Nawa" CD cover (photo: Jason Hamacher/Lost Origins Productions)

Syria and the "Lost Origin Sound" project

The timely involvement of a punk rocker

Calligraphy at the Alhambra, Granada (photo: picture-alliance/akg-images)

Spain and Ibn Arabi′s heritage

The great master of Murcia

Iranian filmmaker Ayat Najafi being interviewed (photo: imageo/Seeliger)

Interview with the Iranian filmmaker Ayat Najafi

"Freedom starts in the mind"

Mahsa Vahdat (photo: private)

The Iranian singer Mahsa Vahdat

"Every place can be my stage"

Afghan Sufis at prayer (photo: picture-alliance/AP Photo/Masso)

Sufis in Afghanistan


The forgotten mystics of the Hindu Kush

The Iranian artist Golnar Tabibzadeh after the performance of "The Forgotten" (photo: Morgenland Festival Osnabruck)

Art and performance project "The Forgotten"

Focusing attention on hidden realities

Dhafer Youssef Band performing at the Morgenland Festival in Osnabruck on 21 September 2014 (photo: Morgenland Festival Osnabruck)

Interview with Michael Dreyer of the Osnabruck Morgenland Festival

A hub connecting the Orient and the Occident

Still from the film "Desert Dancer" (photo: Senator)

Film review: "Desert Dancer"

Dancing around clichés

Clarinettist Kinan Azmeh (left) and soprano Dima Orsho (photo: Marian Brehmer)

Interview with Kinan Azmeh and Dima Orsho

"All we can do is sing and play our hearts out"

Yehuda Shaul, co-founder of the Israeli NGO Breaking the Silence (photo: Quique Kierszenbaum)

Interview with Yehuda Shaul


"The treatment of the Palestinians is the biggest threat to Israel"

Cigdem Aslan (photo: Handan Erek)

Portrait: the singer Cigdem Aslan

Songs of the outcasts

Rajeev Bhargava (photo: imago/Xinhua)

Interview with the political theorist Rajeev Bhargava

"The BJP has to give up its obsession with Muslims"

A road leading into Harban Valley (photo: Reuters)

Book review: Jürgen Wasim Frembgen on Kohistan

With the wild men of Kohistan

Akram at the Morgenland Festival in Osnabrück (photo: Morgenland-Festival)

Oriental Music Festival in Germany

The Silenced Sounds of Baghdad

Aynur Dogan (photo:

Interview with the Kurdish Singer Aynur Dogan

Resisting the Wind

Youssra El Hawary and her band members Sedky Sakhr and Shady el Hosseiny (photo: Bashir Wagih)

Interview with Youssra El Hawary

Music of a Quiet Revolution