"The Promise of the Hereafter"
What makes someone a jihadist?
Protests in Iran
Murderous repression by a desperate regime
Scholz in Saudi Arabia and the Emirates
The autocrats' finest hour
Afghanistan under the Taliban
Back to the past
Hasani’s book is testament to an entire generation influenced by the politicisation of religion across the Arab and Islamic worlds.

"The Promise of the Hereafter"

Charting his own descent into extremism, former Moroccan jihadist Adil El Hasani reveals how he was ultimately able to extricate himself from the grasp of those peddling religious illusions. Mohamed Taifouri read the bookRead more

Since the death of the 22-year-old Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini, the regime's propaganda operation has been churning out false reports, allegations and rumours at breakneck speed.

Protests in Iran

The death of Mahsa Amini at the hands of Iran's "guardians of morality" is only the latest, tragic example – in a neverending chain of state repression and excessive police violence. Essay by Iranian writer Amir Hassan CheheltanRead more

Germany's economy urgently needs reliable and cheap alternatives to gas and oil imports from Russia, which have ceased since the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The Gulf states have these resources at their disposal, their young emirs and princes are highly cognisant of their dramatic increase in importance – and as a result they are acting with increasing self-confidence.

Scholz in Saudi Arabia and the Emirates

Chancellor Olaf Scholz's recent trip to the Persian Gulf underlines Germany's need for consistency in its dealings with the region's assertive rulers, writes Loay MudhoonRead more

Afghanistan under the Taliban

One year ago the Taliban returned to power, seizing Kabul; the U.S. and its allies made a panicked exit from the country. Of all the books written on the subject, four stand out from the crowd. By Tobias MaternRead more

Politics

A woman wearing a mask protests in Iran against the death of Mahsa Amini (photo: Francisco Seco/AP Photo/picture-alliance/dpa)

Protests in Iran

Murderous repression by a desperate regime

Taliban officials break up a women's demonstration in Kabul (photo: Wakil Kohsar/AFP)

Afghanistan under the Taliban

Back to the past

People demonstrating in front of the Iranian embassy in Berlin (photo: Paul Zinken/picture-alliance/dpa)

Mahsa Amini's death

Iranians unite in rage and mourning

Society

Symbolic image of terrorism/extremism (photo: picture-alliance)

"The Promise of the Hereafter"

What makes someone a jihadist?

Iranian women protest against compulsory headscarves (photo: picture-alliance/abaca/SalamPix)

Golineh Atai's unsung heroines

In Iran, freedom is female

Podium speakers at the German Football Association congress on human rights (photo: Julius Nieweler/DFB)

Qatar World Cup 2022

Fans: "Abolish sexual and gender identity penalties"

Nora Al-Jarawi (also Noura, Noora), Yemeni political leader and media activist (photo: private via Twitter + logo of womensolidaritynetwork)

Yemen’s other war

Female politicians targeted on social media

Culture

Illustration from Fariduddin Attar's "Vogelgespraeche" published by Edition Orient 2022 (source: Edition Orient)

Attar’s "The Conference of the Birds"

There is no person whose soul has not suffered

Algerian Jewish musican Edmond Nathan Yafil, in the centre with the violin and the striking moustache (source: over-blog.fr)

Muslims and Jews in the Maghreb

A whispered history

Still from "Flee" (source: fleemovie.com)

Afghan refugee confronts his past

"Flee", one man's story

Arab punk fusion band Al Qasar (photo: Kid Richards)

Al Qasar’s "Who Are We"

A hard message for a hard world