Arabist Tim Mackintosh-Smith
"Reading Arabic is a bit like playing chess"
Imam Benjamin Idriz
"We need to allow controversial discussion"
Turkey
Joint Kurdish plan? Turkish opposition hope for election boost
Najat El Hachmi’s "La filla estrangera"
An irrepressible desire for freedom

Arabist Tim Mackintosh-Smith

Tim Mackintosh-Smith's latest book – "Arabs" – reveals how linguistic developments helped and hindered the progress of Arab history. In interview with Qantara.de, he talks to Elisabeth Knoblauch about how, even in today’s politically fractured post–Arab Spring environment, Arabic itself is still a source of unity and disunityRead more

Benjamin Idriz is imam of the Islamic community in Penzberg and chairman of the "Munich Forum for Islam".

Islam in Germany

Benjamin Idriz, imam of the mosque in Penzberg near Munich, is one of the most prominent representatives of Islam in Germany. He sees his role as building bridges to mainstream society without surrendering his own Muslim identity. In interview with Claudia Mende for Qantara.de, he argues that the mosque should be a place of open discussion where controversial opinions are possibleRead more

Turkey

For the first time in 19 years, polls suggest Turkey's opposition could be on track to defeat President Erdogan at the next election. To boost their appeal to Kurdish voters, politicians are now talking openly about solving the Kurdish issue. But how sincere are they and how realistic their chances of success? Leyla Egeli reportsRead more

Najat El Hachmi’s "La filla estrangera"

In her latest novel, Catalan-Moroccan writer Najat El Hachmi tells the story of a young migrant woman struggling to balance her desire for freedom and the demands of tradition and family. With great openness and a sensuous use of language, El Hachmi paints a picture of the timeless conflict encountered by young people striving for self-determination. Volker Kaminski read the book for Qantara.deRead more

Politics

Turkey's Nation Alliance opposition leaders: Republican People's Party (CHP) chair Kemal Kilicdaroglu (left) and populist Good Party (IYI) chair Meral Aksener (photo: DHA)

Turkey

Joint Kurdish plan? Turkish opposition hope for election boost

President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt; President Joe Biden of the United States of America (source. DW screenshot)

Egypt's National Human Rights Strategy

Propaganda tailored to the U.S.?

Alaattin Cakici - one of Turkey's most notorious mafia bosses, once again a free man (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/Str)

Mafia scandal in Turkey

Mafia ties run deep in AKP politics

Society

Arabist and author Tim Mackintosh-Smith (photo: YouTube screenshot)

Arabist Tim Mackintosh-Smith

"Reading Arabic is a bit like playing chess"

Benjamin Idriz is imam of the Islamic community in Penzberg and chairman of the "Munich Forum for Islam" (photo: Astrid Schmidhuber/imago images)

Islam in Germany

Imam Idriz – "We need to allow controversial discussion"

Culture

Catalan-Moroccan author Najat El Hachmi (photo: Orlanda Verlag)

Najat El Hachmi’s "La filla estrangera"

An irrepressible desire for freedom

Malaysian rising hip-hop star, SYA (photo: Mohd Rasfan/AFP)

Women in Malaysia

SYA, Def Jam's taboo-breaking female Malaysian rapper

Sitar player Hindol Deb (photo: Hindol Deb 2021)

Album review: Hindol Deb's "Essence of duality"

Beyond the exotic – for a new East-West dialogue