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Turkish delights store in Cologne, Germany (photo: dpa)

Ramadan for Shopkeepers

Breaking the Fast with Dates and Seafood

Special goods for a special time: How Muslim shopkeepers in Germany experience Ramadan. Canan Topçu reports from FrankfurtMore

A mountain landscape in Iran (photo: FARS)

Islam and Environmental Protection

Embracing a Greener Ramadan

The month of Ramadan is a time of fasting and prayer, but more and more Muslims are also using this time to reflect on their relationship with the environment, writes Ryan Strom, Communications Manager for Green MuslimsMore

Sergeant Chaouki Aakil (photo: © Ulrike Hummel)

Muslims in the German Armed Forces

Observing Ramadan in Uniform

There are around 1,000 Muslims among Germany's 250,000 soldiers. During Ramadan, they have the extra pressure of finding a compromise between their job and their daily religious fast. Ulrike Hummel reportsMore

Kristiane Backer on German TV show 'Menschen bei Maischberger' (photo: imago stock&people)

The Islamic Month of Ramadan

A Test of Willpower

In her reflective article, Kristiane Backer describes Ramadan as not only a period of renunciation and self-discipline, but also as a process of physical and spiritual cleansing. The Islamic fasting month of gives her a sense of closer proximity to God, writes the former MTV and NBC presenter, who converted to IslamMore

Two Hui Muslims read the Koran in this Chinese mosque in Beijing (photo: AP)

Photo Essay

Ramadan in Asia

Ramadan is a holy month for the world's Muslims. Our photo essay presents impressions of Ramadan from the varied Islamic cultures all across Asia. More »More

Men attend namaz to celebrate Uraza-bairam (Eid al-Fitr), the end of the month of Ramadan, one of the largest holidays in Islam, at Moscow Cathedral Mosque. (photo: ITAR-TASS/ Maxim Shemetov)

The Holy Month of Ramadan

During the Islamic month of Ramadan, Muslims refrain from consuming food, drinking liquids, smoking, and engaging in sexual relations. This annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. In our dossier, we take a look at various perspectives of celebrating RamadanMore

Men attend namaz to celebrate Uraza-bairam (Eid al-Fitr), the end of the month of Ramadan, one of the largest holidays in Islam, at Moscow Cathedral Mosque. (photo: ITAR-TASS/ Maxim Shemetov)

The Holy Month of Ramadan

During the Islamic month of Ramadan, Muslims refrain from consuming food, drinking liquids, smoking, and engaging in sexual relations. This annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. In our dossier, we take a look at various perspectives of celebrating Ramadan. More »More

Worshippers light candles in the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem Friday Dec. 23, 2005 (photo: AP)

Christmas and the Islamic World

There are historical and traditional connections between Christianity and Islam. Now, during the Christmas season, and despite all the differences between the two faiths, we're looking at where they overlap and what they have in common. More »More

Logo of Neve Shalom (source: Neve Shalom)

Israeli-Palestinian Dialogue

Beyond the daily violence of the Middle East conflict, there are numerous civil society protagonists and initiatives campaigning for comprehensive peace and a two-state solution in the region. We present just a few of them in this dossier. More »More

Image of Mohammed Morsi (image: Morsi Meter)

The Egyptian President's Track Record Thus Far

Multiple Morsi

One hundred days after taking office, Egypt's new President is still a mystery. Sometimes he presents himself as a civilian president, then on other occasions as an uncompromising Islamist. Soon he will have to put his cards on the table. Markus Symank reports from CairoMore

Demonstration for women's rights in Tunis (photo: Sarah Mersch)

Islam and Women's Rights in Tunisia

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Equality in Danger

Tunisia was once the model for emancipation in the Arab world, but there's now increasing concern over an article in the new constitution which, according to women's and human rights activists, will undermine the equality of the sexes. By Sarah Mersch in TunisMore

Worshippers light candles in the Church of the Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem Friday Dec. 23, 2005 (photo: AP)

Christmas and the Islamic World

There are historical and traditional connections between Christianity and Islam. Now, during the Christmas season, and despite all the differences between the two faiths, we're looking at where they overlap and what they have in common.More

Exhibition photograph of "Breaking the Silence" (© "Breaking the Silence")

The Israeli NGO ''Breaking the Silence''

Former Soliders Criticizing Practices of the Israeli Military

The Israeli NGO "Breaking the Silence" shows the excesses of the Israeli army in the Palestinian territories. The activists are not pro-Palestine activists, but former Israeli army soldiersMore

Sighting the moon before Ramadan (photo: AP)

The Holy Month of Ramadan

Fasting Is Not for Everybody

None of the five pillars of Islam is observed by as many Muslims as fasting in Ramadan. Some people who don't otherwise obey any religious rules fast; others make a conscious decision not to. Stephanie Doetzer spoke to a number of Muslims who have decided not to fastMore

Samir Nasri (photo: Reuters)

The French Football Star Samir Nasri

Anything but Pussy-Footed

The French national football team has regained its strength. And one of the players who had a large part to play in that achievement is Samir Nasri – whose family's roots lie in Algeria. Nasri's hot temper has often caused trouble – both on and off the pitch. By André TucicMore

Close-up of a young woman wearing a headscarf (photo: dpa)

Islamic Feminism and Reformist Islam

Against the Politicisation of the Koran

Muslim feminists such as Amina Wadud use the Koran to argue in favour of women's rights and against the patriarchal system. But unfortunately, as Nimet Seker writes, some feminists are falling into the apologist trap and running the risk of politically exploiting IslamMore

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