Country: Iraq

Abbasid Caliph Al-Qadir bestowing a richly decorated robe of honour on Mahmud of Ghazni in 1000 (miniature from Rashid al-Din’s "Jami' al-tawarikh", via Wikimedia Commons)

Ethnicity in the Muslim caliphates

To be a son of Quraish

Symbolic image of Trump's travel ban; international travellers arriving at Boston's Logan Airport are reflected in a door next to a no entry sign (photo: Reuters/B. Snyder)

Book review: a ″Banthology″ of short stories

Framing the dangerous nations

Bachtyar Ali (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/Unionsverlag)

Bachtyar Ali's novel "Die Stadt der weißen Musiker"

Poetry and truth

Fight to capture the last IS position in Sirte, Libya (photo: Reuters/I. Zitouny)

Breaking the Middle East′s cycle of terror

The two-pronged strategy

A woman stands at a barbed wire fence, in the background on the other side stands a crowd of people (photo: Benjamin Haas/Fotolia)

Islamic debate about human rights

The erroneous 'cultural distinction'

Shia militias move into the Iraqi province of Nineveh (photo: Reuters/A. Jalal)

Fighting over Kurdish independence

A political fiasco

Cover of Markus Bickel′s ″ Die Profiteure des Terrors. Wie Deutschland an Kriegen verdient und arabische Diktaturen stärkt″ (published by Westend)

Germany′s arms exports to the Islamic world

Profiteering from terrorism

Turkish soldier in a tank near Jarabulus on the Syrian-Turkish border, September 2016 (photo: Getty Images/AFP/B. Kilic)

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Securitising Turkish foreign policy: Turning back the clock

Singer with the band project "Nishtiman" (photo: youtube)

The Kurdish people

Nishtiman music project: Transcending what divides

Erbil's Book Cafe (source: raseef22)

A reading Renaissance

Kurdistan′s Book Cafe: In praise of female entrepreneurs

Soldier loyal to Al-Thani and Haftar in Benghazi, 2015 (photo: Abdullah Doma/AFP/Getty Images)


The Gulf States′ proxy war: Baiting at a distance

Kurds celebrating Nowruz Festival in Istanbul (photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images)



The future of a people: Good Kurd, bad Kurd

Celebrating victory against IS in Mosul (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/AP/K. Kadim)

Middle East

Ending Iraq′s humanitarian crisis: Trust the people

Girls wave the flag of Kurdistan on Flag Day in the regional capital of Arbil, Iraq, 17.12.2014 (photo: Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images)


Kurdish referendum for political relevance: Papering over the cracks

Military jet fly-by at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh during Trump's presidential visit to Saudi Arabia, 20.05.2017 (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/ZUMA Wire/A. Hanks)

America′s dangerous anti-Iran posturing

For a farewell to arms