Author: Joseph Croitoru

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

The painting "Queen Zenobia's Last Look Upon Palmyra" by Herbert Gustave Schmalz (photo: picture-alliance/heritage images)

Palmyra's ancient queen

Zenobia, secular Arab heroine

Turkish National Defence Minister Ismet Yilmaz (front) lays flowers on the graves of fallen soldiers, Gallipoli, 25 April 2014 (photo: imago/Xinhua)

The AKP's version of Turkish history

Contrasting interpretations of Gallipoli

A supporter waving a Turkish flag bearing the image of Ataturk (photo: dpa)

The Nazi glorification of Ataturk

Ankara's shining star

A devout Jewish soldier standing beside a tank marked with the Star of David (photo: Imago/Xinhua)

Secular versus religious in the Israel Defense Forces

Into battle with the Bible

Syrians watching the news in a cellar (photo: Getty Images)

Independent media in Syria

Flourishing despite the violence

Two Palestinian boys on a film set with a camera (photo: Palestinian Social Cinema Arts Association)

Protest and culture in Palestine

Make art, not war

Yazidis trapped in the Sinjar mountains fleeing from IS (photo: picture-alliance/AA)

Persecution of the Yazidis in Iraq

Don't abandon us!