″Mahabharata″ by Teguh Santosa (photo:

Indonesian comics

Reincarnating ancient heroes

Laksmi Pamuntjak (photo: National Committee Indonesia (Pulau Imaji)

Laksmi Pamuntjak′s novel "The Question of Red"

The silence is broken

Books (photo: fotolia-carballo)

Frankfurt Book Fair: Indonesian Literature

Discovering a new world

The Egyptian novelist Alaa Al Aswany in front of his home in 6th of October City near Cairo (photo: Arian Fariborz)

Alaa Al Aswany′s novel ″The Automobile Club of Egypt″

Microcosm of tyranny

Latif Al Ani Tourism Promotion Film ca. 1962; B+W digital print on Hahnemühle Baryta Fine Art paper, 25 x 25 cm (courtesy of the artist and the Arab Image Foundation - AIF)

Art from Iraq and the Armenian diaspora in Venice

A far cry from what we′ve seen before

Indonesian author Wayan Sunarta (photo: Phalayasa)

Indonesian literature at the Frankfurt Book Fair

The island that literature forgot

Syrian author Samar Yazbek (photo: Deutsche Welle/Manaf Azzam)

An interview with Syrian author Samar Yazbek

″The Crossing: My Journey to the Shattered Heart of Syria″

Indonesian Muslim women sit reading in a circle (photo: picture-alliance/ZUMA Press)

Islamic popular literature: ″Sastra Islami″

″God′s gift to Indonesia″

The Indonesian writer Sigit Susanto (photo: Sigit Susanto)

An interview with Indonesian author Sigit Susanto

Beyond "dustbin literature"

Bangladesh's first lesbian comic strip heroine, Dhee (photo: Boys of Bangladesh)

Introducing Dhee

Bangladesh's first lesbian comic strip heroine

Illustration from the "Thousand and One Nights": the virgin Scheherazade tells King Shariyar stories to save her own life (photo: picture-alliance/akg-images)

Goethe′s fascination with the "Thousand and One Nights"

Mephistopheles spoke; Scheherazade beguiled

Islamic masterpiece from the Aga Khan Museum (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/Aga Khan Trust for Culture)

Islamic art

Iconoclasm: the counter-narrative

Saudi rapper Qusai (photo: Qusai/Universal Legends)

Saudi Arabia′s hip-hop scene

Rapping the Kingdom

The band Bukahara (photo: Sophia Zoe)


Global buskers

"Rana Plaza," a Bengali film based on the 2013 garment factory disaster in Bangladesh, has been banned by the High Court in Dhaka

Bangladeshi cinema

"Rana Plaza" film ban: the two sides of the story

Still from "Queen of the Desert": Gertrude Bell (Nicole Kidman) recognises the soul of the Bedouin peoples and forges invaluable ties (photo: 2015 PROKINO Filmverleih GmbH)

Werner Herzog′s epic ″Queen of the Desert″

Hackneyed melodrama

Iranian filmmaker Ayat Najafi being interviewed (photo: imageo/Seeliger)

Interview with the Iranian filmmaker Ayat Najafi

"Freedom starts in the mind"

Tuaregs on camels at sunset (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Album review: "Alone" by Terakaft

The lions of Tamasheq music

Gertrude Margaret Lowthian Bell (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/CPA Media Co.)

Gertrude Bell

Queen of the desert

Saudi women look at jewellery at a gold fair in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 21 March 2009 (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Book review: "Where Pigeons Don't Fly" by Yousef Al-Mohaimeed

Haunted by a suffocating society