'The Line' in Saudi Arabia
Mohammed bin Salman's febrile dream
The Holocaust, colonialism and mutual understanding
Time for a refresher in humanity
The Islamic Republic and Putin's war
Iran's sacred mission in Ukraine?
Women and Islamic studies
Annemarie Schimmel’s pioneering take on Islam
No roads, no cars, no carbon dioxide: "The Line" is the name of a planned eco-super city in Saudi Arabia - 170 kilometers long, 200 meters wide and 500 meters high.

'The Line' in Saudi Arabia

Plans for Neom, the futuristic ecocity in Saudi Arabia's desert, are taking shape. In the form of a straight line, for nine million inhabitants. Merely a pipe-dream? Commentary by Gerhard MatzigRead more

The Holocaust, colonialism and mutual understanding

It is possible to write about the Holocaust and the crimes of colonial powers without downplaying anything. In her latest book, Charlotte Wiedemann focuses on the numerous blind spots in our culture of commemoration. By Rene Wildangel
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Where's the Shia shrine in Ukraine?

The Islamic Republic and Putin's war

Since Ali Khamenei, Iran's most powerful man, has openly and unconditionally come out in support of Putin's war in Ukraine, logistical help is on its way, with an allegedly civilian airline playing a key role. By Ali SadrzadehRead more

"If we want a shared future worth living in, I can think of no better preparation than reading Annemarie Schimmel," writes Stefan Weidner.

Women and Islamic studies

This year Annemarie Schimmel, the great German scholar of Islamic studies, would have turned 100. Unique within the German and international academic community of her time, Schimmel’s pioneering work was characterised by a love of Islam. A tribute by Stefan WeidnerRead more

Politics

No roads, no cars, no carbon dioxide: "The Line" is the name of a planned eco-super city in Saudi Arabia - 170 kilometers long, 200 meters wide and 500 meters high (photo: AFP Photo/NEOM)

'The Line' in Saudi Arabia

Mohammed bin Salman's febrile dream

Russian President Vladimir Putin with Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Ebrahim Raisi in Tehran in mid-July (photo: khamenei.ir)

The Islamic Republic and Putin's war

Iran's sacred mission in Ukraine?

View inside a Google data centre (photo: Conny Zhou/Zuma Press/picture-alliance)

Data centre plans in Saudi Arabia

Google puts Saudi activists in danger

Hamas deputy chief Saleh al-Arouri visits Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei (photo: FARS)

Hamas and Hezbollah

A new alliance in Lebanon?

Society

Holocaust memorial in Berlin (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

The Holocaust, colonialism and mutual understanding

Time for a refresher in humanity

Symbolic image: a hand holds a cotton boll against the sky (photo: China Photos/Getty Images)

Pakistan

Climate crisis impacts Pakistani cotton industry

Islamic scholar Annemarie Schimmel (photo: Jürgen Eis/Imago)

Women and Islamic studies

Annemarie Schimmel’s pioneering take on Islam

23 March 2022: The first post-pandemic cruise ship to dock at La Goulette, Tunis, Tunisia (photo: Getty Images)

Tourism in North Africa

Tentative recovery, or too little, too late?

Culture

Iraqi inmate subjected to torture in Abu Ghraib prison, Iraq (photo: AP Photo/picture-alliance)

Controversy at Berlin's Biennale art show

Abu Ghraib torture photos in the spotlight

Noori & His Dorpa Band in the Sudan National Museum (photo: Yasir Elhassan)

Noori & His Dorpa Band's "Beja Power"

Defiant in the face of repression

Denmark: Opening event of the Flugt Museum (photo: picture-alliance)

Denmark's new "Flugt" Museum

Flight has a million faces