Culture

Aziza Brahim (source: Glitterbeat Records)

Album review: ″Abbar el Hamada″ by Aziza Brahim

The agony of dispossession

An armed Iraqi guards the excavation of a newly discovered Sumerian settlement in Umm al-Aqareb some 300 kilometres south of Baghdad (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Between Tigris and Euphrates

Mesopotamia: the cradle of civilisation

Moroccan writer Tahar Ben Jelloun (photo: Twitter)

"The Happy Marriage" by Tahar Ben Jelloun

"A war won through subterfuge"

Palestinian film maker Hanna Atallah (photo: Ulf Bjerre)

Interview with Palestinian film maker Hanna Atallah

"Culture is our best bet"

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

Goethe and Islam

Religion has no nationality

The German pavilion at the Janadriyah Culture Festival in Saudi Arabia (photo: picture-alliance)

Saudi Arabia: Janadriyah Festival of Culture

A population ruled by fear

Palestinian author Ahmed Masoud (photo: private)

Book review: ″Vanished″ by Ahmed Masoud

The youngest detective

Saudi director Mahmoud Sabbagh (photo: picture-alliance/Tagesspiegel/K. Kleist-Heinrich)

Berlinale 2016: Interview with Saudi director Mahmoud Sabbagh

″Testing the water... to make a change"

Still from "A Dragon Arrives", one of this year's Berlinale entries, by Iranian director Mani Haghighi (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/Berlinale/Abbas Kosari)

Germany′s Berlinale

Where film meets reality

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

Agatha Christie and the Orient

When murder came to Mesopotamia

Simin Tander (photo: Simin Tander′s website/press kit/official press pictures)

Simin Tander and Tord Gustavsen

The harmony of mysticism

Homayoun Shajarian and Sohrab Pournazeri (source: YouTube)

Persian classical music

Going their own way

Elektro Hafiz presents his saz (photo: Face Montana)

Elektro Hafiz

A musical maverick

Woman during a Farsi language class in Iran (photo: ayaronline)

Mother-tongue instruction in multi-ethnic Iran

Linguistic diversity as opportunity

The Sudanese writer Amir Tag Elsir (source: Twitter)

Book review: ″Telepathy″ by Amir Tag Elsir

An author and his doubles

The German writer and Nobel laureate Gunter Grass (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/Gambarini)

Yemen: freedom of expression

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The intervention of a Nobel Laureate

Turks demonstrate for press freedom (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/T. Stavrakis)

Flouting freedoms in Turkey

Self-censorship thriving

Northern bald ibis in migration (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/M. Unsold)

Book review: ″The New Waw: Saharan Oasis″ by Ibrahim al-Koni

Cultivating the strange

"Harun al Rashid receives envoys from Charlemagne, 786" by Julius Koeckert 1864 (owned by the Maximilianeum in Munich)

Caliphs and assassins

Between myth and reality

The Afghan author Taqi Akhlaqi (photo: ARD)

The Afghan author Taqi Akhlaqi

The not-so-universal art of writing

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