The drive towards "home-grown" imams
Islam in, from and for Germany
Uighur repression
Pandering to President Xi
After the ousting of Omar al-Bashir
Sudan holding out for real change
Tartitʹs "Amankor/The Exile"
Lapping at your consciousness

The drive towards "home-grown" imams

In an effort to curb foreign influence and foster integration, the German government is pressing for imams to be educated locally, in Germany. But will its Muslim communities back the idea? By Seda Serdar & Deger AkalRead more

Uighur repression

In the absence of international censure, China has stepped up its systematic persecution of Muslims, under the dubious pretence that it is fighting "terrorism" and protecting its economic interests. But more than just an attack on human rights, the crackdown is representative of President Xi Jinping's totalitarian ambitions. By Brahma ChellaneyRead more

After the ousting of Omar al-Bashir

The political future of Sudan must now be hammered out from a precarious starting point. Demonstrators in Khartoum cannot instigate a new beginning without the old institutions; and the transition from toppled dictator to his former military allies will not be seamless. By Karim El-GawharyRead more

Album review: Tartitʹs "Amankor/The Exile"

With their latest recording "Amankor/The Exile", the Kel Tamashek band Tartit have produced another cultural treasure for the rest of the world to appreciate. While their original intent may have been to keep their own culture alive, they have in the process succeeded in bringing the sound of the desert into all our lives. By Richard MarcusRead more


Grief for more than 300 victims of the attacks in Sri Lanka. Photo: Reuters/A. Dave

Easter Sunday bombings

How did Islamist terrorism take hold in Sri Lanka?

A Syrian child displaced from eastern Ghouta with his family watches from the window of their shelter in the village of Horjelli in the Damascus countryside, Syria, 13 April 2018 (photo: picture-alliance/AP Photo/H. Ammar)

Marianne Gasser, former head of the Red Cross delegation, on Syria

Healing a broken land

Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the opening ceremony of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge in Zhuhai, China, 23 October 2018 (photo: Reuters/Aly Song)

Uighur repression

Pandering to President Xi

Islamic scholar and writer Stefan Weidner (photo: private)

Interview with Islamic scholar Stefan Weidner

Thinking outside the Western box


ALT-Tags: Three imams seen from behind (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/O. Berg)

The drive towards "home-grown" imams

Islam in, from and for Germany

Islamic theologian Mouhanad Khorchide (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/U. Zucci)

Mouhanad Khorchideʹs "Godʹs Revelation in the Word of Men"

A Koran for the 21st century

The entryway to the synagogue in Mosul's Jewish Quarter is blocked with bars to prevent looting (photo: Eddy van Wessel)

Iraq post-Islamic State

The surprising survival of Mosulʹs Jewish quarter

Hundreds hit the streets of Beirut on 24 June 2018 to protest the kafala system, which strips migrant workers of their rights and binds them to their employers (photo: Antoine Abou-Diwan)

Human rights in Lebanon

Kafala and its ʹcommoditiesʹ


Still taken from the "Asaharaden" video clip; Amankor/The Exile (source: YouTube)

Album review: Tartitʹs "Amankor/The Exile"

Lapping at your consciousness

Pakistani author Mohammed Hanif (photo: Catherina Hess/A1 Verlag)

Interview with Pakistani author Mohammed Hanif

Life in a war zone

French-Moroccan film director Nabil Ayouch (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Nabil Ayouchʹs "Razzia"

Soaked in sorrow

Afghan-Lebanese-American filmmaker Mariam Ghani (source: YouTube)

Interview with filmmaker Mariam Ghani

The power of propaganda