Country: Mashriq

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

Sykes-Picot and the role of Gertrude Bell

Midwife of the Middle East

Friedrich Ruckert (1788-1866) (photo: Suddeutsche Zeitung)

150th anniversary of Friedrich Ruckert′s death

Forget Goethe, read Ruckert

Muslim fashion show in Kuala Lumpur (photo: Getty Images/AFP/M. Vatsyayana)

Fashion for Muslim women

Modesty a la mode

Stock image of primary school children

Education in the Arab world

Stop corrupting the next generation!

Arabic books (source: Wikimedia)

Arabic literature as a cultural asset

Uncharted waters

Sufi Muslim praying in the Bahaduria Sufi Mosque in Kabul (photo: SHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images)

Combating violent extremism

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Could Sufi Islam be the cure-all?

Haura from Basra (front left) and Samarkand from Baghdad (rear right) in the writing workshop in Basra (photo: Inka Thunecke/DW)

Women′s writing workshop in Basra, Iraq

Writing to survive

A Yemeni man grieves for his relatives following an airstrike on a residential district in Sanaa (photo: Reuters/M. al-Sayaghi)

Global strategies in the war on terror

Eliminate the breeding grounds

Geographical divisions in the Middle East according to the Sykes-Picot agreement following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire (source: British Library)

The crisis of the Arab nation state

Reconstructed reality

Lebanese peace activists following a bomb attack in Tripoli (photo: picture-alliance/AP)

Lebanon: from amnesty to amnesia

Lacking a culture of remembrance

IS supporters during prayers in a mosque in Mosul (photo: dpa)

″Islamic State″: lessons learnt

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What chance a Muslim reformation?

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (photo: Klassik-Stiftung Weimar)

Goethe and Islam

Religion has no nationality

Phases of the moon – Illustrations by Abu Rayhan al-Biruni (scanned from: Seyyed Hossein Nasr (1976) Islamic Science: An Illustrated Study, World of Islam Festival Publishing Company)

Science and research in the Islamic world

Rebuilding the Muslim House of Wisdom

Muslim reads the Koran (photo: Reuters/J. Roberts)

Islam′s non-violent tradition

Neglected heritage

The English author of detective novels, Agatha Christie (1890 – 1976) (photo: Getty Images)

Agatha Christie and the Orient

When murder came to Mesopotamia

An Arab guest visits a stand during the Frankfurt Book Fair (photo: Deutsche Welle)

Culture and education in the Islamic world

The lonely Arab crowd

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