Islamisation, a racist conspiracy theory
The hatred of Hanau and its enablers
Sectarian strife in Pakistan
Syria's proxy war widens gulf between Sunnis and Shias
UAE and Sheikh Maktoum under pressure
Dubai's double standards – where is Princess Latifa?
Yassin al-Haj Saleh on the Arab Spring
"The Syrian revolution is resumable today and tomorrow"
The Hazara Shia minority has been terrorised by Sunni extremists for years.

Sectarian strife in Pakistan

After a period of relative calm, the conflict in Syria is reigniting the tensions between Sunni and Shia Muslims in Pakistan: groups from both sects are involved in the clashes in Syria. The authorities fear a new wave of sectarian violence. Background by Mohammad LuqmanRead more

"All the windows have bars."

UAE and Sheikh Maktoum under pressure

The United Arab Emirates' carefully administered public image is taking a different turn. Growing calls for evidence that Princess Latifa is alive reflect the Emirate's double standards on human rights. Jennifer Holleis reportsRead more

Syrian writer and political dissident Yassin al-Haj Saleh was imprisoned in Syria from 1980 to 1996 for membership of the left-wing Syrian communist party, which he calls a "communist pro-democracy” group. Having fled the country in 2015, Saleh is now a fellow at Berlin Institute for Advanced Study (Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin).

Yassin al-Haj Saleh on the Arab Spring's revolutionary legacy

On the 10th anniversary of the Arab Spring we can’t quite escape that substance called remembrance. Yet, eschewing facile modes of nostalgic remembrance and/or tragic lamentation, we opt for asking questions. Yassin Al-Hajj Saleh reflectsRead more

Politics

Syrian dissident and political analyst Yassin al-Haj Saleh (photo: Maizar Matar)

Yassin al-Haj Saleh on the Arab Spring's revolutionary legacy

"The Syrian revolution is resumable today and tomorrow"

Protests in Kabul against attacks on the Hazara minority in Pakistan (photo: Reuters)

Sectarian strife in Pakistan

Syria's proxy war widens gulf between Sunnis and Shias

One year after the attack in Hanau: under the Friedensbruecke bridge in Frankfurt, a 27-metre-long memorial graffiti commemorates the victims of the Hanau attack on 19 February 2020 (photo: picture alliance / greatif / Florian Gaul)

Podcast on the Hanau terrorist attack one year on

"From 1990 to 2020 Germany's far right killed about 200 people"

Society

Attendees sit in the pews at the Chaldean Catholic Church of the Assumption of Mary in Iraq's capital Baghdad on 8 December 2020 (photo: AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

Preparing for Pope Francis' visit

The scant remains of Iraq's ancient Christian community

Yemen air strike on Sanaa (photo: Getty Images/AFP/M. Huwais)

Interview with Yemen expert Marie-Christine Heinze

"Now is the time to start preparing for reconstruction"

Culture

Qawwali performance at a Sufi festival in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad (photo: Marian Brehmer)

Sufi musik: Qawwali ensemble "Fanna-fi-Allah"

Searching for God's love

Art historian Wendy Shaw (photo: Bernd Wannenmacher)

"What is Islamic art?" with art historian Wendy Shaw

What is art, when the primary sensory organ is the heart?

Cover section of Amjad Nasser's poetry anthology "Shepherd of Solitude" (published by Banipal)

Book review: Amjad Nasser's "Land of No Rain"

A milestone of modern Arabic literature