Culture

Lebanese author Iman Humaydan (photo: Reine Mahfouz)

Book review: Iman Humaydan′s ″The Weight of Paradise″

Suppressed guilt, suppressed memories

Susan Abulhawa at the Oslo Book Festival Susan Abulhawa at the Oslo Book Festival (photo: decltype; http://en.wikipedia.org/User:Decltype)

Interview with Palestinian American writer Susan Abulhawa

″Literature is a facet of society″

The Dosti Music Project (source: Found Sound Nation)

Album review: The Dosti Music Project′s ″Travelers″

Coming home

German jazz quartet Masaa; Rabih Lahoud is second from right (source: Traumton)

Interview with Masaa frontman Rabih Lahoud

Outspoken appeal

Syrian author Ramy al-Asheq (photo: Juliette Moarbes)

Interview with the Syrian writer Ramy al-Asheq

"Refugee is my situation"

Moroccan Film Festival poster at the Babylon Cinema in Berlin

Women in Moroccan cinema

For freedom and diversity

Members of Emran Tenere in front of Kahf al-Jnun – ′the djinns′ cave′ – near Ghat in the Libyan Sahara (photo: Emran Tenere)

Tuareg fusion

Desert cats

A banquet given by the commander-in-chief Lala Mustafa Pahsa to the janissaries in Izmit, 5 April 1578 (source: Topkapi Palace Museum Library, MS H1365, fol. 34b.)

Non-fiction: ″Scents & Flavors: A Syrian Cookbook″

Muslim master chefs

Singer-songwriter Nazan Nihal and pianist-composer Utar Artun (photo: private)

Album review: Neotolia′s ″Neotolian Song″

Once upon a life

Exhibits from the exhibition in Bonn's Bundeskunsthalle (photo: Bundeskunsthalle Bonn)

Iran exhibition: "Ancient Culture between Water and Desert "

The cradle of civilisation

Waguih Ghali and his friend Diana Athill during the 1960s (source: Cornell University Library)

Waguih Ghali′s diaries

The writer′s torment

Cartoon of a niqab-wearing woman (source: Facebook)

Niqab-wearing novelists in Egypt

Your philosophy, my religion

French philosopher Henry Corbin (source: Association des Amis de Henry et Stella Corbin) Cover of Suhrawardi′s ″The Shape of Light″ (published by Fons Vitae)

French philosopher Henry Corbin

Wherever the spirit guides

British Pakistani novelist Mohsin Hamid (photo: Laurent Denimal)

Book review: Mohsin Hamid′s ″Exit West″

Through the black door

Women in a book cafe in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (photo: Getty Images/A. Hilbai)

Saudi Arabia′s entertainment offensive

Not to be taken lightly

Hadeer Mansour and the books bike on a Cairo street (source: Facebook)

Cairo′s mobile library

Bringing books to the people

Egyptian author Kamal Ruhayyim (source: Twitter)

Book review: Kamal Ruhayyim′s ″Menorahs and Minarets″

The unchangeable past

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