Topic: Literature

Amal Ibrahim al-Nusairi and Samarkand al-Jabiri at the Leipzig Book Fair 2015 (photo: Deutschlandradio/Christian Kruppa)

Women writers in Iraq

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Writing to stay alive

Barbed wire in front of an American flag (photo: picture-alliance/AP Photo/B.Linsley)

Book review: Mohamedou Ould Slahi's "Guantanamo diary"

Diary entries from the darkness

Orhan Pamuk at the launch of his book "A strangeness in my mind" (photo: picture-alliance/AA)

Book review: Orhan Pamuk's novel "A Strangeness in my mind"

A journey through time to a lost world

Tawfiq al-Hakim (photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Book review: Tawfiq al-Hakim's "The Revolt of the Young"

A revolutionary manual for older generations

Amjad Nasser (photo: Amjad Nasser)

Amjad Nasser on the role of Arab writers in Arab society

Speaking out in societies without words

The launch of "Syria Speaks: Arts and Culture from the Frontline" in the Theater Aan Het Spui in the Hague on 25 March as part of the Movies that Matter Film Festival. From left: Rasha Abbas; a member of anonymous artists' collective Al-Shaab al-Suri Aref Tariqahu, Malu Halasa, Zaher Omareen and Yassin al-Haj Saleh (photo: Maarten van Haaff)

"Syria Speaks"

Challenging violence with creativity

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (photo: Ullstein Bild – Roger Viollet)

Goethe and the Orient

Why did the poet's mind wander to far-off climes?

Abbas Khider (photo: imago)

Interview with the Iraqi author Abbas Khider

"German is my new language"

Assia Djebar (photo: picture-alliance/obs)

Obituary: the Algerian author Assia Djebar

Trailblazer for her country, her gender and her continent

Raja Alem, the only woman to win the IPAF, was joint winner in 2011 for her novel "The Dove's Necklace" (photo: DW/J. Kürten)

Women and the International Prize for Arabic Fiction

How many women does it take to win the IPAF?

Jabbour Douaihy (photo: Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Editore)

Book review: Jabbour Douaihy's "June Rain"

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A "whodunit" without the "who"

A supporter of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi holds a national flag as he stands next to burning tyres during a protest in Cairo, 30 August 2013 (photo: AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Egypt's literati

Shifting sands, choosing sides

Readers at the Cairo book fair (photo: imago/Xinhua)

Crowdfunding for translations of Arabic literature

A new way to reach a wider readership

Zeynep performs during the "Slamming für 2020" poetry workshop in Bonn (photo: Fabian Pianka)

International slam poetry workshop in Bonn

Building trust through slam poetry

Sumia Sukkar reads from her novel at a launch in an Oxfam shop (photo: Susannah Tarbush)

"The Boy from Aleppo who Painted the War" by Sumia Sukkar

Translating sights, sounds and feelings into colour

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