Author: Joseph Croitoru

The ruins of Al-Nuri mosque in Mosul (photo: Reuters/Ahmaq News Agency)

Islamic State′s destruction of Mosul

Razed to the ground

Women in a book cafe in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (photo: Getty Images/A. Hilbai)

Saudi Arabia′s entertainment offensive

Not to be taken lightly

National flags of Iran and Saudi Arabia (source: DW)

Iranian-Saudi relations

For better, for worse

Donald Trump during a book presentation in New York (photo: picture alliance/dpa/Geisler-Fotopress)

Donald Trump the author

"Strengthen American Muscle"

Israeli-Palestinian peace activists (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Middle East conflict

Empty rhetoric

Two olive harvest volunteers look towards Modeiin Ilit, an Orthodox Jewish settlement built on Palestinian land (photo: DW/U. Schleicher)

Nir Baram: ″In a land beyond the mountains″

Danger in the olive groves

Egyptian reading the daily newspaper ″Al-Masry al-Yaum″ (photo: Mosa′ab Elshamy)

Arab reactions to the coup aftermath in Turkey

The problem with role models

The symbolism of the explosives belt (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/dpaweb/M. Saber)

IS terrorism in Europe

Glorifying terminology

Istanbul University

Freedom of expression in Turkey

Academics on the run

Supporters of women′s rights demonstrate in Ankara against Turkey′s ban on abortions (photo: AP)

Feminists in Turkey

Looking to big sister

Syrian soldiers retake the citadel at Palmyra (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/TASS/V. Sharifulin)

Arab reactions to the reconquest of Palmyra

A dirty double-cross

The Egyptian Sayyid Qutb (photo: picture-alliance/AA/I. Yakut)

Muslim Brotherhood texts

Once valued, now proscribed

Islamic State's radio station "Al Bayan" (source: YouTube)

IS and its media

Calling all suicide bombers

Creeping emancipation: although Saudi women are still subject to a strict code of conduct, there are signs that things are changing (Saudi theatre director Lurin Al Isaa and her actors, photo: private)

Cultural policy in Saudi Arabia

Ushering in an era of change?

The Roman amphitheatre in Suwaida, Syria (photo: Wikipedia)

Archaeological artefacts and sites in Syria

When historical treasures become pawns in a civil war

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