Human rights in the Islamic world
Battle cry "blasphemy"
Contemporary Iranian literature
Reading outside the box
Anniversary of the Hirak movement
The jury's still out on Algeria
Elia Suleiman's "It Must Be Heaven"
"Open the door, you ass"

Human rights in the Islamic world

Many predominantly Muslim countries have penal laws against "blasphemy", "defamation of religion" and "apostasy". In practice they serve as highly effective weapons to settle personal animosities, family vendettas and land disputes. By Thomas KrapfRead more

Contemporary Iranian literature

Mullahs, dictatorship, nuclear conflict – Iran could be reduced to these keywords if one were to rely only on the articles in the daily press. But to really understand a country better, you have to study its literature. And Iranian literature is just as diverse as the country itself. By Gerrit WustmannRead more

First anniversary of the Hirak movement

Few would have thought that Algeria's Hirak protest movement would still be mobilising the masses 12 months on from its first peaceful demonstration. According to Isabelle Werenfels and Luca Miehe, the systemic change people hoped for post-Bouteflika has yet to materialise. External players need to brace themselves for ongoing political turbulenceRead more

Film review: Elia Suleiman's "It Must Be Heaven"

Palestine is disappearing. From the international agenda, from the map, as a concept. The filmmaker Elia Suleiman from Nazareth reacts in the only possible way: using the language of the absurd, says Stefan Buchen in his reviewRead more

Politics

Protest in Algiers on 12 December 2019 (photo: AFP/Getty Images)

First anniversary of the Hirak movement

The jury's still out on Algeria

Tunisian president Kais Saied (photo: picture-alliance/Photoshot/Handout Tunisian Presidency)

Democratic transition in crisis?

Building Tunisia from the ground up

Moroccan King Mohammed VI (centre-left) and Li Biao (centre-right), chairman of the Chinese group Haite, attend the launch of Tangier Tech, a Chinese investment project in Morocco on 20 March 2017, at the royal palace near Tangiers (photo: Getty Images/AFP/F. Senna)

Paris and Rabat in diplomatic stand-off

Is France losing its backyard in North Africa?

Society

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

Human rights in the Islamic world

Battle cry "blasphemy"

Muzoon Almellehan in 2018 at the United Nations in Geneva (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Muzoon Almellehan awarded German peace prize

"If you have an education, no-one can take it away from you"

Symbolic image of mass dismissals in Turkey (photo: picture-alliance/AP photo/P. Karadjias)

Dismissed by decree in Turkey

Social lynching, Erdogan's potent weapon

Indian Muslim writer Sadia Dehlvi (photo: Mayank Austen Soofi)

Interview with Indian Muslim writer Sadia Dehlvi

"The soul of India is inclusive, pluralistic, and democratic"

Culture

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

Contemporary Iranian literature

Reading outside the box

The artist Elia, played by director Elia Suleiman, in "It Must Be Heaven" (distributed by Le Pacte)

Film review: Elia Suleiman's "It Must Be Heaven"

"Open the door, you ass"

Iranian musician Kayhan Kalhor (photo: namaya.ir)

Portrait of Iranian musician Kayhan Kalhor

Cultural emissary and grand master of the kamancheh