Author: Richard Marcus

Award-winning journalist Patrick Cockburn (photo: Martin Hunter)

Non-fiction: ″The Age of Jihad ″ by Patrick Cockburn

A catalogue of blunders

Trygve Seim Ensemble plays "Rumi Songs" (photo: Knut Bry)

Album review: Trygve Seim′s ″Rumi Songs″

Musical wanderlust

Italian author Giuseppe Catozzella (photo: private)

Book review: Giuseppe Catozzella’s ″Don′t tell me you′re afraid″

The flame of Olympia

Human rights lawyer Arsalan Iftikhar a.k.a. The Muslim Guy (photo: private)

Arsalan Iftikhar is the Muslim Guy

″Scapegoats: How Islamophobia helps our enemies and threatens our freedoms″

Sandaraa, the Pakistani/Brooklyn musical collaboration fronted by Michael Woodgrad and Zeb Bangash (photo: Sandaraa)

Album review: ″Sandaraa″ by Sandaraa


Fusion in the truest sense

American writer Ali Eteraz (photo: Charles Mujie)

Book review: Ali Eteraz′ ″Native Believer″

Digging the dirt

Michael Muhammad Knight (photo: private)

Non-fiction: ″Magic in Islam″ by Michael Muhammad Knight

Finding the hole in the fence

Aziza Brahim (source: Glitterbeat Records)

Album review: ″Abbar el Hamada″ by Aziza Brahim

The agony of dispossession

The Tuareg band Terakraft (photo:

Album review: "Alone" by Terakaft

The lions of Tamasheq music

Album cover (cropped) of "Detour Guide" by Karim Nagi

Album review: ″Detour Guide″ by Karim Nagi

Breaking the mould

River scene in Mali (photo: Karim Diarra)

Album: ″Lost in Mali″

Celebrating a musical landscape

Michael Muhammad Knight (photo: Michael Muhammad Knight)

Book review: "Why I Am A Salafi" by Michael Muhammad Knight

An in-depth exploration of Islam

Tariq Ali (photo: picture-alliance/Efigie-Leemage)

Book review: "The Islam Quintet" by Tariq Ali

A wonderful reminder of Islam's contribution to world culture

The Kominas (photo: Eddie Austin/

The Kominas

More than just a Muslim punk band

The Mekaal Hasan Band (source: Facebook page of the Mekaal Hasan Band)

New music from Pakistan

A captivating mix of sounds

Sara Najafi and Parvin Namazi (both left) in a still from the film "No Land's Song"

Film review: "No Land's Song"


One woman's quest to make Iranian women's voices heard