Author: Stefan Weidner

Portrait of the last Ottoman Caliph, Abdulmecid II. Photo: Library of Congress

History of the Caliphate

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We are all caliphs!

Translations of Classical Islamic Literature

From the Emotional Orient to the Distortion of Islam

German tank in the desert during Nazi Germany's Africa Campaign (photo: Bundeswehr Archive)

German Wehrmacht Document on Islam

Ideological Vacuum

Günter Grass (photo: dapd)

Debate about Günter Grass's Poem

The Best of Intentions, the Worst of Outcomes

Book market of the third Karachi Literature Festival (photo: Stefan Weidner)

Third Karachi Literature Festival

Long on Talent, Short on Time

The Egyptian publisher Mohammed Hashim (photo: picture alliance)

PEN Award for the Egyptian Publisher Mohammed Hashim

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A Father of the Revolution

Adonis during the award ceremony in Frankfurt on Sunday (photo: dapd)

Goethe Prize Awarded to Syrian Poet Adonis

Honouring Condescending Scepticism

People lighting candles for the victims of the massacre in Norway (photo: Matt Dunham/AP/dapd)

After the Massacre in Norway

Critics of Islam Face a Dilemma

Award Ceremony at the Paulskirche (photo: Wikipedia)

German Peace Prize for Boualem Sansal

A Good, Cowardly Choice

Fuad Rifka (photo: dpa)

Obituary for Fuad Rifka

The Advocate of Lyrical Attentiveness

Koran (photo: picture alliance)

The Koran as a Text from Late Antiquity

A European approach

Peter O'Toole and Omar Sharif in the movie "Lawrence of  Arabia" of 1962 (photo: dpa)

The Legend of Lawrence of Arabia

The Recalcitrant Hero