Culture

Officially female bands may now perform, albeit only in front of all-female audiences (source: ISNA)

Music in Rouhani′s Iran

A change in tune?

Saudi Arabian writer and novelist Badriah Albeshr (photo: private)

Book review: Badriah Albeshr′s ″Hend and the Soldiers″

In fear of the fury

Turkish satirical magazine Bayan Yani (source: Bayan Yani)

Turkish satirical magazine Bayan Yani

Fuelling Turkish feminism

Reham al-Kahlout (source: Al Jazeera)

Palestine′s comedy star Reham al-Kahlout

No escaping life in Gaza

″I held the impossible in my arms″ theatre piece (source: ruhrorter.com)

Ruhrorter art and theatre collective

Holding the impossible

Cairo band ″Les Petits Chats″ (photo: Les Petits Chats)

Jazz in the Arab world

The roots of fusion

Turkish writer Aslı Erdoğan (photo: Getty Images/AFP)

Interview with Turkish writer Aslı Erdoğan

"It's my country too"

Rebetiko performance by singer Manolis Dimitrianakis in the Hamam Club, Petralona, Athens (photo: Mey Dudin)

Rebetiko between East and West

Melancholy makes a comeback

Egyptian film-maker Mohamed Rashad (photo: Goethe-Institut Cairo/Hasan Amin)

Interview with Egyptian film director Mohamed Rashad

A homage to life

The kick-off event for "Wiki Gender" at the Goethe-Institut in Cairo (Goethe-Institut Cairo/Roger Anis)

"Wiki Gender"

The first Arabic online lexicon for gender issues

Canadian Nigerian singer-songwriter Sonia Aimy (photo: soniaaimy.com)

Album review: Sonia Aimy's "Nigerian Spirit"

The voice of defiance

Terror attack at Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine (photo: YouTube)

Sufi music under attack in Pakistan

As the sea of love recedes

Mazen Kerbaj (photo: Stewart Mostofsky)

Book review: Mazen Kerbaj′s ″Beirut won′t cry″

″Bombs pass and we bark″

German Turkish author Deniz Utlu

Interview with German Turkish author Deniz Utlu

Beyond a binary identity

What remains of the al-Hadba minaret belonging to Mosul′s 12th century Great Al-Nuri Mosque (photo: Reuters)

Cultural heritage in Syria and Iraq

Casualties of war

British Pakistani Tariq Mehmood (photo: Changiz M. Varzi)

Interview with British Pakistani novelist Tariq Mehmood

Fighting warplanes with words

Work by Sama Alshaibi, Ayyam Gallery Dubai

Suspended Territories exhibition

Beyond the veil

Headless Buddha in the Afghan National Museum (photo: Emran Feroz)

Afghan National Museum

The many headless Buddhas

The ruins of Aleppo in northern Syria (photo: Reuters/A. Ismail)

Book review: Niroz Malek′s ″Der Spaziergaenger von Aleppo″

Surviving in the death zone

Lebanese poet Zeina Hashem Beck (photo: Hind Shoufani)

Interview with Lebanese poet Zeina Hashem Beck

Our broken languages

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