Execution for a Facebook post?
Why blasphemy is a capital offence in some Muslim countries
2022 FIFA World Cup and human rights
Pointing the finger at Qatar's rulers is not enough
Burka bans in Europe
Why the burka is so important for right-wing populists
COVID-19 rages on
Muslims begin Ramadan 2021 under the shadow of coronavirus

Execution for a Facebook post?

The Prophet Muhammad never executed anyone for apostasy, nor encouraged his followers to do so. Nor is criminalising sacrilege based on Islam’s main sacred text, the Koran. In this essay, Ahmet Kuru exposes the political motivations for criminalising blasphemy and apostasyRead more

German players made their views clear ahead of a qualifier for the 2022 World Cup in March 2021.

2022 FIFA World Cup and human rights

As Qatar prepares to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the country has come under fire for its treatment of migrant workers, with some nations calling for a boycott of the contest. But this simply misreads the realities of the situation and the underlying problems associated with international migration. By Sebastian SonsRead more

Burka bans in Europe

On 7 March, Switzerland became the latest European country to vote in favour of a so-called "burka" ban. It was yet another feather in the cap of the right-wing populist Swiss People's Party (SVP) on an issue that remains a perennial favourite with the Right across Europe. Essay by Daniel BaxRead more

Politics

German national team wears t-shirts with "human rights" emblazoned across them prior to their World Cup qualifier against Iceland (photo: Tobias Schwartz/Getty Images/AFP)

2022 FIFA World Cup and human rights

Pointing the finger at Qatar's rulers is not enough

Prince Hamzah (right) on his wedding day, with King Abdullah (left) and Queen Rania (photo: Balkis Press/ABACA/picture-alliance)

100 years of Jordan

Prince Hamzah – just a storm in the royal Jordan tea-cup?

Dr Guido Steinberg (left) and Ulrich Tilgner (photos: Eventpress Stauffenberg/picture-alliance and Future Image/imagoimages)

Book review: new books on the Middle East

The clouds of war or the dawn of a new beginning?

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (left) and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, Tehran, March 2021 (photo: AFP)

Iran–China 25-year Cooperation Programme

The Islamic Republic's timely vaccine against U.S. pressure?

Society

Islamist activists carry placards against Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman who was released in 2018 after spending eight years on death row for blasphemy; Karachi, 21 November 2018 (photo: Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty Images)

Execution for a Facebook post?

Why blasphemy is a capital offence in some Muslim countries

Protest again the burka ban in Denmark (photo: picture-alliance/AP Photo/Ritzau Scanpix/M. C. Rasmussen)

Burka bans in Europe

Why the burka is so important for right-wing populists

Protesters move away as Turkish police officers intervene during a demonstration in support of Bogazici University students, at Kadikoy in Istanbul, 1 April 2021 (photo: Bulent Kilic/AFP)

Turkish graduates in Europe

Turkey's best and brightest flee in brain drain

Culture

Turkish soaps conquer the Arab world. "1001 Nights" is one of the Turkish dizis (photo: Tmc Film)

Turkey's handle on soft power

Hit TV series from Turkey conquer the Arab world

Bicycle parked along a track on the Sufi Trail (photo: Marian Brehmer)

The Sufi Trail

Anatolia through the eyes of a pilgrim

Iraqi author Usama Al Shahmani (photo: Ennio Leanza/Keystone/picture-alliance)

Usama Al Shahmani's "Im Fallen lernt die Feder fliegen"

Falling, the feather learns to fly

Mali musician Anansy Cisse (source: Facebook)

Album review: Anansy Cisse's "Anoura"

A joyful tonic for the pandemic-weary