Culture

Author Shumona Sinha, winner of the International Literature Prize (photo: DW/S. Peschel)

Interview with French-Indian author Shumona Sinha

″Looking for the truth″

Human rights lawyer Arsalan Iftikhar a.k.a. The Muslim Guy (photo: private)

Arsalan Iftikhar is the Muslim Guy

″Scapegoats: How Islamophobia helps our enemies and threatens our freedoms″

Bachtyar Ali (photo: YouTube)

Book review: Bachtyar Ali′s ″Der letzte Granatapfel″

Buried treasure

Indonesian novelist Eka Kurniawan (photo: Getty Images/AFP/Goh Chai Hin)

Book review: Eka Kurniawan′s ″Beauty is a wound″

A hidden literary gem

Palestinian poet and aid worker Jehan Bseiso (photo: private)

PalFest 2016: Interview with Palestinian poet Jehan Bseiso

Breaking the cultural siege on Palestine

Gaddafi disguised as Mickey Mouse: "Where there is cheese, there are rats", 2009 (copyright: Alsatoor)

Alsatoor, Libya′s caricaturist

The pen is mightier

Nagieb Khaja in Idlib, Syria (photo: Nagieb Khaja)

Interview with documentary maker Nagieb Khaja

″Believe in the importance of your work″

Algerian novelist Boualem Sansal (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/E. Laurent)

Boualem Sansal′s novel ″2084: The End of the World″

Tyranny of sorts

Old postcard image of Martyrs' Square, Beirut (photo: Elie Wardini 1995)

Lebanon′s architectural heritage

A race against time

British Pakistani actress, playwright and comedian Ambreen Razia (photo: Shaheen Razzaq)

″The Diary of a Hounslow Girl″

Bursting the bubble

The Silent University (source: YouTube)

Theatre and the refugees

Getting the ball rolling

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

Egyptians queuing up to vote (photo: Nasser Nasser/AP/dapd)

Book review: Basma Abdel Aziz′s ″The Queue″

Disturbingly prescient

Sandaraa, the Pakistani/Brooklyn musical collaboration fronted by Michael Woodgrad and Zeb Bangash (photo: Sandaraa)

Album review: ″Sandaraa″ by Sandaraa

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Fusion in the truest sense

Friedrich Ruckert (1788-1866) (photo: Suddeutsche Zeitung)

150th anniversary of Friedrich Ruckert′s death

Forget Goethe, read Ruckert

Hermann, Prince of Puckler-Muskau (photo: Wikipedia)

The Oriental adventures of Hermann von Puckler-Muskau

Prussia's favourite dandy

American writer Ali Eteraz (photo: Charles Mujie)

Book review: Ali Eteraz′ ″Native Believer″

Digging the dirt

Lebanese Indie rock band Mashrou' Leila (source: Facebook)

Interview with Hamed Sinno, frontman of Mashrou’ Leila

Flouting Arab pop convention

Baris Uygur, Turkish author and publisher of the satirical magazine Uykusuz (photo: Binooki publishers)

Interview with the Turkish author Baris Uygur

"Even we're lost for words sometimes"

Moroccan author Youssef Fadel (photo: private)

Book review: Youssef Fadel′s ″A Rare Blue Bird Flies With Me″

Behind the prison wall

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