Country: Middle East

Arab Spring protesters

Arab Spring five years on

Brave new world?

Refugees in Dikili, Turkey

Europe′s response to the refugee crisis

"Ugly, feckless and dysfunctional"

Gertrude Bell, historical images from Iraq (source: gemeinfrei; montage: ard.de)

Sykes-Picot and the role of Gertrude Bell

Midwife of the Middle East

Colonel Mark Sykes (left) was a member of Britain's Conservative Party; Francois Georges-Picot (right) was a French diplomat

100 years of Sykes-Picot

"A tapestry of plans and promises"

Lebanese Indie rock band Mashrou' Leila (source: Facebook)

Interview with Hamed Sinno, frontman of Mashrou’ Leila

Flouting Arab pop convention

Pro-Taliban supporters calling for a holy war against the US and Pakistan demonstrate outside the Pakistani Embassy in London, 2001 (photo: Sion Touhig/Getty Images)

The scourge of sectarianism

Obstinate mass suicide

Theologian and lecturer Ali Ghandour (photo: private)

Islam and eroticism

Let′s talk about sex, Ali

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier visiting a bazaar in Tehran (photo: Bernd von Jutrczenka/dpa)

Cultural rapprochement with Iran

Laden with promise

The Visiting Scholar Programme set up by the Postgraduate Programme for Islamic Theology at Erlangen-Nuremberg University (source: The Department for Islamic Religious Studies (DIRS), Erlangen-Nuremberg University))

Islamic theology in Germany

Mission accomplished?

Michael Muhammad Knight (photo: private)

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

Finding the hole in the fence

"Je suis Bruxelles" - "I am Brussels": outpouring of grief and solidarity following the terrorist attacks in Brussels on 22 March 2016

Terrorist attacks in Brussels

A clash of what?

The cleric Abdelfattah Mourou, vice-president of the Tunisian parliament and co-founder of the Ennahdha party (source: YouTube)

Tunisian cleric Abdelfattah Mourou speaks out

Palestinian author and publisher Abdel Bari Atwan (photo: picture-alliance/photoshot)

Islamic State

Know your enemy

French support for Bouazizi (photo: Antoine Walter; source: Wikimedia commons.org)

Five years of Arab Spring

The butterfly effect

The Egyptian Sayyid Qutb (photo: picture-alliance/AA/I. Yakut)

Muslim Brotherhood texts

Once valued, now proscribed

Rioting on Tsrael's border with the Gaza Strip (photo: REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)

Middle East conflict

What prospect peace?

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