Politics

Two Muslim women pass the event "About Berlin - religions make history" in Berlin (photo: Carsten Koall/Getty Images)

Contrasting images of Islam

The last gasp of archaic masculinity?

Houthi rebels in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa (photo: Reuters)

Political upheaval in Yemen

The triumphant advance of the Houthi rebels

Chancellor Merkel and Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani of Qatar in Berlin on 17 September 2014 (photo: AFP/Getty Images/J. MacDougall)

Qatar's foreign policy

Little emirate, big ambition

Muslims at the German Muslim community's day of action in Berlin (photo: Reuters/Hannibal)

The German Muslim community's protest against extremism

"No" to hatred and injustice

Moroccan Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane (photo: Rachid Tniouni)

Democratic change in Morocco

Winners and losers in a new political climate

Iraq's new prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, after being sworn into office in Baghdad (photo: Reuters/Hadi Mizban)

New government in Iraq

Shouldering a huge political burden

A man reads the Koran in a mosque in Sanaa (photo: Reuters)

Islam and the modern age

Moving beyond dogmatic doctrine

Syrian opposition leader Ahmad al-Jarba (left) and US Secretary of State John Kerry in Saudi Arabia (photo: Reuters)

Outside intervention in Syria

Wanted: moderate, reliable rebels for fight against IS

Kurdish Peshmerga and Shia volunteers in Iraq (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Yazidis and Kurds in Iraq

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Are we arming the right people?

Sheikh Dr Usama Hasan (photo: J. Impey)

British fatwa against IS

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Breaking the spell of a poisonous ideology

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan being sworn into office in Ankara on 28 August 2014 (photo: Reuters)

Turkey's new president

Where to now, President Erdogan?

A man standing on election posters featuring images of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (photo: Phil Moore/AFP/Getty Images)

Assad and Islamic State

The two faces of terror in Syria

A boy holding the flag of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic in the Laayoune refugee camp near Tindouf, Algeria (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Western Sahara conflict

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The curse of resources

IS supporters in Mosul on 16 June 2014 (photo: picture-alliance/AP)

Shifting alliances in the Middle East

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My enemy's enemy is my friend

UN observers in Syria (photo: Reuters)

Iraqi crisis

A UN protection force, not arms shipments

Symbolic graffiti: relay runners from Libya, Egypt and Tunisia prepare to hand over the flame of freedom to Yemen and Syria (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Three years after the Arab Spring

Self-criticism and genuine dialogue required

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters stand guard at Mosul Dam in northern Iraq, 21 August 2014 (photo: Reuters)

Iraqi crisis

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The expected death of a nation

Peshmerga fighters in Iraq (photo: Reuters)

The Peshmerga fight against IS militia

An unpredictable enemy

US President Barack Obama speaking in the White House about the humanitarian relief situation in Iraq, 7 August 2014 (photo: Reuters)

The Middle East policies of Europe and the US

Mistakes must not be repeated

Yukiya Amano, head of the IAEA, and President Hassan Rouhani of Iran during a meeting in Tehran on 17 August 2014 (photo: IRNA)

The Iranian president and his political opponents

Rouhani under fire and on fire

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