Topic: History of the Near and Middle East

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″

Sunni clerics attend a ″Fighting Extremism and Terrorism″ conference at Al-Azhar in Cairo in 2014

Islam, Al-Azhar and the terrorists′ ideology

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If the cap fits

Flag bearing the likeness of Syrian dictator Assad outside the Syrian Embassy in Beirut (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

The decline of humanism in the Arab world

With an iron fist

National flags of Iran and Saudi Arabia (source: DW)

Iranian-Saudi relations

For better, for worse

Stacks of Aleppo soap in a factory in Aleppo′s Old Town (photo: Reuters)

Aleppo soap

Balsam from a war zone

Democrats Abroad demonstrator protesting against Donald Trump′s policy on Pariser Platz in Berlin (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

The West and the Muslim world

Bin the black and white model

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (photo: picture-alliance/Anadolu Agency/Turkish Presidency)

Erdogan and Turkish foreign policy

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Neo-Ottoman rumblings

Israeli-Palestinian peace activists (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Middle East conflict

Empty rhetoric

The Saudi King Salman (left), British Prime Minister Theresa May (centre) and King Hamad bin Issa al-Khalifa of Bahrain during the GCC summit on 7 December 2016 in Manama (photo: AFP)

Re-assessing Western involvement in the Middle East

Far from Utopian

Key in the West Bank town of Jericho symbolising the return of the Palestinians following the Nakba (photo: Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images)

Palestinians in purgatory

Eternally displaced

Cigdem Aslan (photo: Alex Harvey Brown)

Album review: Cigdem Aslan's ″A Thousand Cranes″

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Tugging at your heartstrings

Still from the documentary "Haymatloz" (source: mindjazz pictures)

″Haymatloz″ – a film documentary

How Ataturk rescued the Jews

Sarit Michaeli, B′Tselem spokeswoman (photo: Sarit Michaeli)

Interview with Sarit Michaeli from B′Tselem

Creeping annexation

The brothers August Wilhelm Schlegel (left) and Karl Wihelm Friedrich Schlegel (source: Wikipedia)

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich and August Wilhelm Schlegel

The Orient – so near and yet so far

Stock secularism image (source: www.ncr.sy)

Secularism in the Islamic world

Part II – Clouding the issue

Shia theologian and philosopher Hasan Yousefi Eshkevari (photo: DW)

Political Islam and violence

A question of power

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