Author: Stefan Weidner

German-Iranian writer and Islamic Studies expert Navid Kermani gives his acceptance speech on receiving the German Book Trade’s Peace Prize at a ceremony in the Paulskirche in Frankfurt on Main, 18.10.2015 (photo: Arne Dedert/dpa)

Navid Kermani′s Peace Prize acceptance speech

Freeing Islam from the clutches of the fanatics

The author Hamed Abdel-Samad (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Hamed Abdel-Samads Buch "Mohamed: Eine Abrechnung"


From critique of Islam to post-Salafism

Photo symbolising women and Islamic State (source: picture-alliance/dpa)

The IS manifesto for women

Baiting the jihadi brides

The Pakistani scholar of Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri (photo: picture-alliance/AP/M. Dunham)

Curriculum initiative by British Muslims

Using religion to fight terrorism

Jame'asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei (photo: Reuters/Ahim Rani)

Book review: Sadakat Kadri's "Heaven on Earth"

What is justice?

Float in the Dusseldorf carnival parade that reads "Pegida / Game over!" (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/F. Gambarini)

The post-Pegida period

Pegida may be running out of steam, but its ideas live on

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

History of the Caliphate


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

The Ibn Tulun Mosque in Cairo (photo: picture-alliance/Ellen Rooney/Robert Harding)

Alexander Flores's ''Civilization or Barbarism?''

Islam in the Historical Context

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


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