Country: Syria

Kabir Helminski, US American sheikh of the Mevlevi dervish order and ″Threshold Society″ founder (source: YouTube)

Interview with Mevlevi sheikh Kabir Helminski

Sufism and the power to transform

Syrian refugees at the north-eastern Jordanian border with Syria near Royashed Town, January 2016 (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Jordan and the Syrian refugees

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Across a great divide

Filming ″Dugma – The Button″: Paul Refsdal (left), Abu Basir al-Britani (photo: WDR)

Paul Refsdal′s documentary ″Dugma – The Button″

Push the button for Paradise

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

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"

Syrian children (photo: dpa)

Refugees in Germany

Working through the trauma

Most of the inhabitants of Borg Meghezel depend on people-smuggling to make a living (photo: Karim E-Gawhary)

Egypt's people-smuggling mafia

Where crossings cost but lives are cheap

Arabic books (source: Wikimedia)

Arabic literature as a cultural asset

Uncharted waters

″Marriage is not a game″ is what this sign in the ″Al Dar″ refuge in Lebanon means. The dolls are a constant reminder of the dangers of child marriage (photo: Iris Mostegel)

Syrian refugees in Lebanon

The house of 18 women

Jungle volunteer Liz Clegg (source: YouTube)

Liz Clegg: the Jungle's surrogate mum

US President Barack Obama at the Gulf Co-operation Summit in Riyadh on 21.04.2016 (photo: Reuters/K. Lamarque)

Saudi-US relations

Chilly diplomacy

French journalist and author Garance Le Caisne (photo: private)

Interview with the journalist and author Garance le Caisne

Caesar and the butcher of Damascus

Saudi King Salman (right) with his nephew, Interior Minister Mohammed Naïf (photo: Reuters)

Panama Paper revelations

The Emirs of Panama

Treatment of leishmaniasis patients in an Aleppo hospital on 24 March 2013 (photo: Getty Images/AFP/B. Kilic)

"Aleppo Evil" spreading in Syria

A plague of parasites

UNESCO World Heritage site Palmyra (photo: MAHER AL MOUNES/AFP/Getty Images)

Palmyra post-IS

A pawn in Assad's game

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