Topic: History of the Near and Middle East

Placards of Hafez al-Assad and Bashar al- Assad (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/R. Jensen)

Civil wars in the Middle East

The Arab issue of kith and kin

Egyptian novelist Radwa Ashour: 1946–2014 (source: Twitter)

Book review: Radwa Ashour's "The Journey"

An inheritance of grief and joy

Egyptian oud player and singer Sheikh Imam (source: YouTube)

Legendary oud player and singer Sheikh Imam

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Egypt's musical rebel

Lead singer Yvette Saatchi Perez and Mitra Sumara (source: Persian Cardinal Recordings)

Album review: Mitra Sumaraʹs "Tahdig"

Taking chances for change

Iranian woman in front of the former U.S. embassy in Tehran (photo: AFP/Behrouz Mehri)

Iran and the West

Big little Satan

Faculty of Robert College, Istanbul, March 1892. Seated behind the desk is George Washburn, Principal of Robert College. Friedrich Schrader is fourth from right on the back row. He taught at Robert College from 1892-1895. Professor Alexander van Millingen is seated on the far left of the picture (photo: Jochen Schrader)

Portrait of the Orientalist Friedrich Schrader

One of Turkey's Germans

"Welcome" in Persian, written on the window of a refugee reception centre in Tubingen, Germany (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/S. Gollnow)

When East meets West

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Debunking the ʹclash of civilisationsʹ myth

Hand-written edition of the Koran in Cairo (photo: Reuters)

Anti-Semitism

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There is no tradition of anti-Semitism in Islam

Israeli author Lizzie Doron presents her book "Who the Fuck Is Kafka" during the press conference in Prague, Czech Republic, November 8, 2016 (photo: Imago/CTK Photo)

Israeli author Lizzie Doron on Independence Day

"Israel is facing crucial decisions"

Palestinian artist Sliman Mansour in his atelier in Ramallah (photo: Sarah Hofmann/DW)

Interview with Palestinian artist Sliman Mansour

Covert war

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (l) greets Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah (r) upon his arrival in Tehran on 1 June 2014. Kuwait's Emir started a landmark visit to Tehran focussed on mending fences between Shia Iran and the Sunni-ruled monarchies in the Gulf (photo: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Geopolitics in the Middle East

End the Arab-Iranian tug-of-war

Israeli historian Zeev Sternhell (photo: Inge Gunther)

Interview with Israeli historian Zeev Sternhell

Two states? A Sisyphean task

Traditional Palestinian "tatreez" (photo: Fatima Abbadi)

Traditional Palestinian "tatreez"

Sewing with a message

Man wearing a kippah takes part in an anti-Semitism demonstration in Berlin (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/M. Hitija)

Germany’s anti-Semitism problem

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Jew, Israeli, Zionist

The band "Persian Side Of Jazz" on stage in 2013 in Teheran (source: YouTube)

The history of jazz in Iran

Creating a confluence

"Al-Mushaf wa Qira’atuh", 5 volumes (published by Mominoun Without Borders for Publishing & Distribution/Beirut)

Critical Koran edition "Al-Mushaf wa Qiraʹatuh"

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Explosive potential

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