Europe and Algeria
The trust deficit
Anti-radicalisation strategies in Egypt
Sheikhs on the beat
Kurdish author Bachtyar Ali
Where words take flight
Lebanon′s education system
The problem with political Islam

Europe and Algeria

The European Union is keen to enhance co-operation with Algeria, but the North African nation, apparently wary of post-colonial meddling, is showing little interest. For political analyst Isabel Schafer the case is not that simpleRead more

Anti-radicalisation strategies in Egypt

There are many opinions about the best way to combat Islamist extremism. For its part, Al-Azhar University in Cairo has decided to send its sheikhs out of the mosques and into the coffee houses of the city in an attempt to prevent radicalisation. By Karim El-GawharyRead more

Interview with Kurdish author Bachtyar Ali

Among Kurds, Bachtyar Ali has long been a celebrated author. In Germany, he shot to fame when ″Der letzte Granatapfel″ (The Last Pomegranate) was published. Recently, "Die Stadt der weißen Musiker" (The City of White Musicians), the second of his novels to be translated into German, was released. Interview by Sonja GallerRead more

Lebanon′s education system

Hassan Lama′a reports on the religious networks that exist within the Lebanese education system and how political Islam schools are still influencing new generations of students Read more

Politics

Algerian flag bearing the likeness of President Bouteflika in Algiers (photo: Reuters)

Europe and Algeria

The trust deficit

Iran′s revolutionary leader Ali Khamenei speaks to relatives of the martyr families in Tehran (photo: picture-alliance)

The Islamic Republic turns 39

At risk of Syrianisation?

A man sits next to a mural of Abdul Fattah al-Sisi in Sharm al-Sheikh (photo: Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images)

The role of Egypt′s armed forces

A military empire

Demonstration against German arms exports in front of the German Parliament in Berlin (photo: dpa/picture-alliance)

Germany's arms exports controversy

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When doves cry

Society

Lebanese schoolchildren attend a political Islam school (photo: AFP/raseef22)

Lebanon′s education system

The problem with political Islam

Anti-Afrin offensive graffiti on the side of a DITIB mosque in Minden, Germany (photo: Ozturk)

Mosque attacks in Germany

The wrong target

Al-Azhar sheikh chatting in a coffee house with young people in Cairo′s Sharabiya quarter (photo: Karim El-Gawhary)

Anti-radicalisation strategies in Egypt

Sheikhs on the beat

Muslim teacher Fereshta Ludin (photo: dpa/picture-alliance)

Headscarves and neutrality

"It′s our decision!"

Culture

Kurdish author Bachtyar Ali (photo: Bachtyar Ali)

Interview with Kurdish author Bachtyar Ali

"I only exist where my words take flight"

Soubhi Shami plays Elsewhere Bird (source: Theater der Jungen Welt, Leipzig)

″Der Vogel Anderswo″ – Elsewhere Bird

Nurturing empathy

Against a backdrop of Israel′s "Separation Barrier", women and men hold hands and dance the dabke. Their legs are chained together and a checkpoint stands between two of them (copyright: Mohammed Sabaaneh)

Mohammad Sabaaneh′s "White and Black: Political Cartoons from Palestine"

Punching through the glass

A.R. Rahman′s ″The Sufi Route″ concert (source: thesufiroute.com)

Sufism and Bollywood

A glittering antidote