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Ertugrul, president of a Muslim homosexual association in Turkey, stands near the Istiklal Avenue as he poses for a photograph in Istanbul on 28 July 2013 (photo: OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)

LGBT asylum seekers

A silent revolution

While it is a well-known fact that LGBT people face discrimination and violence in Muslim and Arab countries, it is not quite as well known that LGBT people seeking asylum in the West also face considerable difficulties and in some cases gross insensitivity. Some of those who have been granted asylum are now using the Internet to try and foster tolerance in their native countries. By Joseph MaytonMore

The largest  mosque in the US is situated in Dearborn, Michigan (photo: dpa)

Muslims in America

New Wave of Anti-Islamic Sentiment

Since the attack on the Boston Marathon on 15 April 2013, anti-Islamic sentiment has been on the rise in the United States. Joseph Mayton takes a look at the causes and the consequences of this developmentMore

Egyptian army soldiers drag a female protester along the ground during clashes at Tahrir Square in Cairo in December 2011 (photo: Reuters)

Mona Eltahawy's controversial article in <i>Foreign Policy</i> magazine


An Attempt to Portray Arab Women as Victims

In the May/June special issue of the American magazine Foreign Policy, the Egyptian-American journalist Mona Eltahawy published an article claiming that the root of women's problems in the Middle East is quite simply that men hate them. Opinions on the article differ widely. Joseph Mayton asked a number of women in Tunisia and Egypt what they thought of itMore

Hamdeen Sabahi (photo: dpa/ picture alliance)

Egyptian Presidential Candidate Hamdeen Sabahi

From Outlier to Serious Contender

Up until recently, the chances of Hamdeen Sabahi were considered slim. But new polls suggest the left-leaning social activist is now one of the top contenders for the presidential office. Joseph Mayton met up with the idiosyncratic politician in CairoMore

Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh (photo: Remy Steinegger/

Presidential Candidate Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh

Egypt's Future Middle-Ground Man?

More than 14 months on from an uprising that ousted the former regime of Hosni Mubarak in Cairo, the Muslim Brotherhood is in power and establishing its political strength in parliament. Once dubbed the future reformist of the Brotherhood, the independent candidate Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh now faces the ire of the country's leading political movement, whose own candidate has just been banned. Joseph Mayton reportsMore

George Ishak (photo: EPA)

Interview with George Ishak

''We Need a New Revolution''

George Ishak, an Egyptian democracy activist and founder of the popular "Kifaya" protest movement that opposed the former Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak, is confident that the people of Egypt will not accept being dictated to by the military in the long run. Joseph Mayton spoke to him about the current situation in EgyptMore

Advertising material for Baheya Mohammed, the first Egyptian candidate to stand for election in a niqab (photo: dapd)

The Role of Religion in Egyptian Society

''Dictatorship is out in Egypt''

The eyes of the world are on Egypt in the run-up to the country's first free parliamentary elections in 30 years. Joseph Mayton examines the role played by religion in Egyptian society and its possible influence on the way Egyptians will voteMore