Countdown to the Turkish election
Erdogan beats the nationalist drum
Interview with Shirin Neshat
The many faces of Oum Kulthum
Moroccoʹs Mehdi Benatia
No defence against an own goal
Sahih al-Bukhari
Rocking the foundations of Islam

Countdown to the Turkish election

When Turkeyʹs president Recep Tayyip Erdogan was first elected Mayor of Istanbul in 1994 he pledged not to resort to blaming Turkeyʹs problems on "outside powers, outside forces, or foreigners". Years later, with the weight of high office and a struggling currency upon him, that pledge is long gone. By Tom StevensonRead more

Interview with Iranian artist Shirin Neshat

In "Looking for Oum Kulthum", successful Iranian artist Shirin Neshat has created a highly personal work about the Egyptian singer. In conversation with Schayan Riaz, she talks about the political dimension of icons and the patriarchal nature of the film industry Read more

Moroccoʹs football star Mehdi Benatia

Morocco made it to the final round of the World Cup for the first time in 20 years. A key figure in this success was centre back Mehdi Benatia, who ensured the squad qualified without conceding a single goal. No one could have reckoned with the crunch that was to follow. By Bachir AmrouneRead more

Spotlight on Sahih al-Bukhari

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A Moroccan court has recently banned a book named "Sahih Al-Bukhari...The end of a legend" by Rachid Aylal, which openly criticises the famous hadith collection. Some Moroccans are outraged by the censorship, others by the content. By Safaa ShibliRead more

Politics

Supporters of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan react during an election rally in Istanbul, Turkey, 17 June 2018 (photo: Reuters/Osman Orsal)

Countdown to the Turkish election

Erdogan beats the nationalist drum

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (photo: Mikhail Metzel/TASS/dpa)| Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Comparison: India and Turkey

The Modi-Erdogan parallel

Palestinian protests in Gaza, May 2018 (photo: picture-alliance/ZUMAPRESS.com)

Clashes along the Israeli-Gazan border

What hope for the Palestinians?

Protests in front of Jordanian government headquarters in Amman on 4 June 2018 (photo: Mohammad Hamed/Reuters)

Protests in Jordan

"The status quo has to go"

Society

Mehdi Benatia in action for AS Rome (photo: UPDATE IMAGES PRESS/Isabella Bonotto)

Moroccoʹs football star Mehdi Benatia

No defence against an own goal

Friendly between Germany and Saudi Arabia on 08.06.2018 – Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan on the bench (photo: Reuters)

Germany's identity crisis

Gundogan and Ozil are not the problem!

Section of the cover to Rachid Aylalʹs "Sahih al-Bukhari… The end of a legend" (photo: Raseef22)

Spotlight on Sahih al-Bukhari

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Rocking the foundations of Islam

Street scene in Amman (photo: picture-alliance/AA)

Cultural shift in Jordan

A slow awakening

Culture

Iranian artist Shirin Neshat (photo: Reuters)

Interview with Iranian artist Shirin Neshat

The many faces of Oum Kulthum

Cemetery of the Halabja massacre victims (photo: AFP/Safin Hamed)

"Visions of Iran": the Iranian Film Festival in Cologne

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Halabja – casting a long shadow

Cover of Khaled Khalifaʹs "Der Tod is ein muehseliges Geschaeft" – Death is an arduous business (published in German by Rowohlt)

Book review: Khaled Khalifaʹs "Der Tod is ein muehseliges Geschaeft"

A funeral cortege through hell