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Tammam Azzam's "Freedom Graffiti" (photo: The Ayyam Gallery)

Syrian painter and digital artist Tammam Azzam

"I, the Syrian"

"I, the Syrian" is the title of an exhibition by Tammam Azzam that was held in Beirut and London in early 2014. Selected works from his project now feature in various international art exhibits. Martina Sabra met and spoke with the Syrian painter and digital artist in BeirutMore

A poster with an image of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in front of the Syrian flag (photo: Reuters)

Book review: "The Wisdom of Syria's Waiting Game"

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How to stay in power against the odds

In her book "The Wisdom of Syria's Waiting Game", Bente Scheller analyses Syrian foreign policy since the Assad dynasty came to power in 1970. She believes that the special relationship between domestic and foreign policy is key to understanding Syria's power apparatus. By Martina SabraMore

Clipping from Karim El-Gawhary's book (photo: publisher)

"Women's Power in Arabic"

Long-overdue Confrontations

In his new book, the journalist Karim El-Gawhary gives a voice and a face to strong Arab women, while moving beyond the clichés and headscarf debates. Martina Sabra describes the book as multifaceted, revealing, entertaining, emotionally moving, and definitely worth readingMore

Still from Mona E-Naggar's 'Istislam' (photo: Mona El-Naggar)

Mona El-Naggar on Her Film "Istislam"

Close-Up on the Muslim Brotherhood's Grassroots Work

Mona El-Naggar's documentary "Submission" offers an astonishingly close look at how the long-time secret organization conveys its ideology at the grassroots level and among Egypt's youth in particular. An interview with the film's director, Mona El-Naggar, by Martina SabraMore

Lisa M. Gimsa (left) and Sihem Mahjoub (photo: EMA)

Women Entrepreneurs in the Arab World

Successful Together

"Ouissal" means "connection". A new project bearing this name offers women entrepreneurs from Germany and Tunisia the opportunity to get to know each other and offer mutual support in their professional careers – a dialogue between equal partners. By Martina SabraMore

Amel Grami (photo: DW/U.Scheaffer)

Interview with Amel Grami

''The Arab Revolutions Have Triggered A Male Identity Crisis''

The Arab revolutions are calling traditional gender roles into question. In this interview with Martina Sabra, Tunisian intellectual Amel Grami tells how strong women in Tunisia are resisting the Islamisation efforts of both the ruling Ennahda Party and the SalafistsMore

Salafists protesting in Tunis (photo: dpa/picture-alliance)

Islamists Target Tunisia's Universities

Freedom under Threat

When Tunisians revolted against the Ben Ali regime in January 2011, the protesters were joined by many university lecturers and academics hoping to see an end to censorship. But this newly-won freedom for research and tuition in Tunisia again finds itself under threat today. Martina Sabra reportsMore

Ammar Ali Hassan (photo: Martina Sabra)

The Egyptian Political Scientist Ammar Ali Hassan

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''The Constitution Is a Catastrophe''

Egypt is becoming increasingly polarized under the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood. The newly adopted constitution represents a huge problem in this respect, says Amar Ali Hassan. But the political scientist remains optimistic and predicts that the movement will not hold on to power for longMore

Dalila Dalléas Bouzar's 'Les enfants du soleil – children of the sun', Pencil and acryl on paper (courtesy: Dalila Dalléas Bouzar)

The Franco-Algerian artist Dalila Dalléas Bouzar

Pulling away the Veil from Memory

In her project "Algeria, Year Zero – the pieced together past of the future", Berlin-based Franco-Algerian artist Dalila Dalléas Bouzar focused on the collective traumas experienced by Algerian society. Martina Sabra spoke with the artist in BerlinMore

Tunisian women demonstrating as the country debates about the rape of a young woman by three policemen (photo: Monia Ghamni/DW)

''The New Arab Women''

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Are the Arab Revolutions Devouring Their Own Daughters?

The so-called "Arab Spring" has a female face. Now, a new book by Gabi Kratochwil provides a very personal and exciting insight into the background to this tumultuous period, casting a new light on the major presence of women on the streets of Egypt, Tunisia and Libya. Martina Sabra read the book and spoke to authorMore

Demonstration against the Assad Regime in front of the Syrian embassy in Moscow (photo: AP)

''Syria in the Firing Line''

Beyond the Violence

International news reporting on Syria is increasingly focused on the armed conflict raging in the country. Yet, civilian opposition to the Assad regime is continuing as well. In her new book, Kristin Helberg reports on the peaceful origins of the Syrian revolution and the workings of Assad's machinery of power. By Martina SabraMore

US-based Syrian pianist Malek Jandali poses for a picture at an art centre in Damascus on April 14, 2010 (photo: Getty Images)

Interview with the Syrian Composer-pianist Malek Jandali

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''We are witnessing the fall of humanity''

Malek Jandali is considered to be among the most versatile and creative musicians in the Arab world. He has recently attracted widespread international attention for his strong stand against the Assad regime. Martina Sabra met the artist in the country of his birth, GermanyMore

Paolo Remati (photo: Paolo Remati)

Cinematic Arts in Jordan

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Empowering People to Tell Their Own Stories

Jordan does not have a long history of cinematic arts, but at the Red Sea Institute for Cinematic Arts in Aqaba students learn how to make films, being encouraged to critical debate and discourse. An interview with Paolo Remati, head of the instituteMore

ALN soldiers in 1960 (photo: dpa)

Literature and Collective Trauma in Algeria

Moving Beyond the Examination of History

Perception of Algerian literature is dominated by the complex thematic backdrop of violence and the processing of traumatic experience. What are the reasons for this? In a piece to mark the 50th anniversary of Algerian independence, Martina Sabra debates this issueMore

Moroccan woman at a polling station (photo: dpa)

Women's Rights in Morocco

Activists See Little Hope for Gender Policy Reforms

After the Islamist party PJD won elections in Morocco, the future of reforms to the country's family laws remains up in the air. Activists fear a conservative approach to equal rights could slow – or even reverse – progressMore

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