Islamic scholar Professor Mustafa Ozturk
"Religious groups need to be transparent"
The Kurdish YPG
Assad smiles from the sidelines
Aladin El-Mafaalani's "Das Integrationsparadox"
Demanding a seat at the table
Sun Box solar energy project
A light for Gaza

Interview with Turkish Islamic scholar Professor Mustafa Ozturk

Mustafa Ozturk, a professor specialising in "tafsir" – Koranic exegesis – at Istanbulʹs Marmara University was recently accused of blasphemy. Convinced that various Islamic groups seeking to influence Turkish politics are responsible, Ozturk is actively considering self-imposed exile. Interview by Ayse KarabatRead more

The Kurdish YPG and the future of northeastern Syria

In northeastern Syria, the U.S. and Turkey are wrangling over how to deal with the Kurdish militias. The regime could score points from this – and gain control with Russian support. An analysis by Kristin HelbergRead more

Non-fiction: Aladin El-Mafaalani's "Das Integrationsparadox"

Unlike their parents and grandparents, the children and grandchildren of those who emigrated to Germany one or more generations ago now want a say in how things are done. In his new book "Das Integrationsparadox" (The Integration Paradox), Aladin El-Mafaalani explains why this leads to conflict. Daniel Bax read the bookRead more

Sun Box solar energy project

A go-getting young Palestinian woman is currently causing an energy surge in Gaza. Her goal: to make solar panels affordable for poor families. Her motto: do your thing, regardless of what others think. Inge Gunther reports from GazaRead more

Politics

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/Sputnik)

The Kurdish YPG and the future of northeastern Syria

Assad smiles from the sidelines

Doha skyline with an image of Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani (photo: picture-alliance)

Weathering the Saudi blockade

Qatar thrives under pressure

Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi performing the morning Eid ul-Adha prayers alongside the Grand Imam of al-Azhar Ahmed al-Tayeb, Defence Minister Sedky Sobhy and Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab at the al-Sayeda Safeya Mosque, Cairo, Egypt, on 4 October 2014 (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/Office Of The Presidency)

President Sisi and Al-Azhar

Wresting religious authority from the Grand Imam

Destruction in Homs Old Town, Central Syria (photo: dpa/picture-alliance)

Rebuilding Syria

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Who should foot the bill for Assad?

Society

Islamic scholar Professor Mustafa Ozturk (photo: Atahan Danaci)

Interview with Turkish Islamic scholar Professor Mustafa Ozturk

"Religious groups need to be transparent"

Sociologist Aladin El-Mafaalani (photo: www.mafaalani.de)

Non-fiction: Aladin El-Mafaalani's "Das Integrationsparadox"

Demanding a seat at the table

Sun Box entrepreneur Majd Mashharawi with a solar panel in Gaza City (photo: Inge Gunther)

Sun Box solar energy project

A light for Gaza

Culture

Turkish author Omur Iklim Demir (photo: Omur Iklim Demir)

Book review: Omur Iklim Demirʹs "Buch der entbehrlichen Gedanken"

Artfully enigmatic

Lebanese-American artist Helen Zughaib and artist-in-residence at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia (photo: Erwin Thamm)

Portrait of the Lebanese-American artist Helen Zughaib

"We are more similar than dissimilar"

Mauritanian author Mbarek Ould Beyrouk (Editions Elyzad, Tunisia)

Book review: Mbarek Ould Beyroukʹs "The Desert and the Drum"

One of a kind

Still taken from Mohammed Ben Atiaʹs "Dear Son" (distributed by BAC Films)

Mohamed Ben Attiaʹs "Dear Son"

O Sami, my son, my son