Ruud Koopman's "Das verfallene Haus des Islam"
Cherry-picking for a distorted image
Urban renewal under Erdogan
Istanbul shantytown residents in limbo
Parliamentary elections in Iran
Era of the Khamenei vassals
Interview with Selim Yildiz
When one dies, the next goes up into the mountains

Non-fiction: Ruud Koopman's "Das verfallene Haus des Islam"

Why are predominantly Muslim countries lagging behind when it comes to democracy and human rights? Dutch sociologist Ruud Koopmans uses a lot of figures to underpin his theory that it is all down to religion. According to Daniel Bax, however, his approach is rather too simplisticRead more

Urban renewal under Erdogan

Amid recent fears of earthquakes, Turkey has rolled out a new urban renewal plan. But past plans have failed to helped quake-prone neighbourhoods, due to a market dominated by construction firm interests. Ayse Karabat reports from IstanbulRead more

Parliamentary elections in Iran

Once again there was not much to vote for in the Islamic Republic. Half of the candidates were excluded anyway. But for Khamenei, the election was part of a larger plan, namely full-scale preparation for an uncertain future. By Ali SadrzadehRead more

Interview with Kurdish director Selim Yildiz

In his film “Dialogue“, Selim Yildiz addresses a social taboo which is a reality for many Kurds in Turkey: young men suddenly disappear and joined armed groups in the mountains. Interview by Semiran KayaRead more

Politics

Egyptʹs former ruler Hosni Mubarak (photo: Reuters)

Obituary for Hosni Mubarak

Egypt's 'pharaoh' is dead

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei attends a rally in Tehran at the beginning of January 2020 (photo: Reuters)

Parliamentary elections in Iran

Era of the Khamenei vassals

Following the attack in Hanau: vigil for the victims (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/P. Kneffel)

Racist terror in Germany

ʺNever againʺ? Let’s hope so!

Spent bullet from the Hanau attacker's gun (photo: AP)

Racist attack on Hanau

Not the only Nazi ideologue...

Society

Dutch sociologist Ruud Koopmans (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/gbrci)

Non-fiction: Ruud Koopman's "Das verfallene Haus des Islam"

Cherry-picking for a distorted image of Islam

Urban renewal in Istanbul (photo: Ayse Karabat)

Urban renewal under Erdogan

Istanbul shantytown residents in limbo

Uiguren protestieren in Istanbul gegen die Unterdrückung ihrer Angehörigen in China; Foto: AFP/Getty Images

Uighur repression in China

Beards and hijabs behind bars

Islamists protest the release of Asia Bibi in Pakistan (photo: AFP/Getty Images/A. Hassan)

Human rights in the Islamic world

Battle cry "blasphemy"

Culture

Kurdish director Selim Yildiz (photo: Umay Isik)

Interview with Kurdish director Selim Yildiz

When one dies, the next goes up into the mountains

Sama standing on ruins in Aleppo in 2016. She holds a placard which says "This is Aleppo. What's justice?" (source: "For Sama"/Waad al-Kateab)

Documentary film: "For Sama"

The girl from a country in ruins

Fajrina Razak references the Kaaba: her cube of batik cloth was surrounded by a neon circle, thereby representing the artist's spiritual quest. "This was simply me trying to find my inner self, my individuality. The batik alludes to my Javanese ancestry" (photo: Naima Morelli)

2020 Singapore Art Week

Of spirituality in a contemporary age

Iranian bookshop owner Bijan Khalili from Los Angeles (photo: DW/Gero Schliess)

Contemporary Iranian literature

Reading outside the box