Politics in Sudan
The challenging path to democratic transition
FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
Football fans see double standard in stadium politics ban
Islam’s conscientious thinkers
People of reason vs. people of the hadith
FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
Qatar critics and their blind spots
Many of those most opposed to "foreign interference" are self-identified Islamists, often former supporters of al-Bashir, whose National Congress Party had Islamist leanings. They, too, would like a path back towards political power.

Politics in Sudan

Sudanese protesters have been calling for the removal of German diplomat Volker Perthes from the UN mission to the country. Despite the fractious nature of post-dictatorship politics, there are some reasons for optimism. By Cathrin SchaerRead more

While airing pro-Palestinian sympathies has been allowed at the Qatar 2022 World Cup – people were even handing out "Free Palestine" T-shirts ahead of Argentina's match with Poland on Wednesday – security forces have clamped down on fans seeking to show support for protesters in Iran, who have been demanding an end to clerical rule there.

FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

When is it and when is it not acceptable to display a political banner at the World Cup in Qatar? The answer seems to depend largely on the political message, with fans criticising what they see as inconsistent enforcement of FIFA rules by the host country.Read more

Today’s Muslims have the right to look at this complex Islamic tradition not only with respect but also with critical reason, in order to find the best inspirations they can, to rearticulate Islam for a radically different millennium.

Islam’s conscientious thinkers

Past attempts to reconcile logic and belief within Islam tend to be dismissed today – not because they lack merit, but because they were politically defeated, argues Mustafa AkyolRead more

One Love armbands are self-righteous and ignore some fundamental issues.

FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

We are in favour of human rights. But One Love armbands are self-righteous and ignore some fundamental issues. Stefan Buchen examines the debate surrounding the World Cup in QatarRead more

Politics

Protests in Sudan against Volker Perthes, director of the UN's mission in the country (photo: AA/picture-alliance)

Politics in Sudan

The challenging path to democratic transition

Morocco fans in Souq Waqif, Doha, Qatar wave a flag of Palestine during celebrations after the Canada v Morocco match as Morocco qualify for the knockout stages (photo: REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

Football fans see double standard in stadium politics ban

Turkish fighter jets have been flying attacks against Kurdish positions in northern Iraq and northern Syria for days (photo: Eren Bozkurt/AA/picture alliance)

Turkey, Iran – and Iraq's Kurds

Days of reckoning

The controversial "One-Love" armband on the arm of Federal Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser (SPD) (photo: Mathias Koch/imago images)

FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

Qatar critics and their blind spots

Society

Year 12 girls' class in Afghanistan (photo: Kinderhilfe Afghanistan)

Afghanistan under the Taliban

"Girls continue to attend our schools"

Symbolic image demonstrating frustration with Iran's religious leaders (photo: Getty Images/AFP)

Protests in Iran

Islamic Republic facing a religious watershed

Cover of Gudrun Kramer's "Der Architekt des Islamismus. Hasan al-Banna und die Muslimbrüder" (published by C.H. Beck)

Hasan al-Banna and the Muslim Brotherhood

Who was the architect of Islamism?

Culture

Adam, the main character, is played by Palestinian actor Tawfeek Barhom (source: Cannes Film Festival)

Cairo Conspiracy a.k.a. Boy From Heaven

Al-Azhar, a Catholic monastery...and the Dalai Lama

Iranian actor Hengameh Ghaziani (source: Instagram)

Iran protests 2022

Female film stars show solidarity

Turkish writer and journalist Nedim Turfent (source: English PEN)

Nedim Turfent’s freedom of speech

Beyond the walls of Van

Scene from the play "The Queen Commanded Him to Forget" by Ofira Henig (photo: Peter Adamik)

Israeli director Ofira Henig

"We don’t give any answers, we ask questions"