After the ousting of Omar al-Bashir
Sudan holding out for real change
Interview with Islamic scholar Stefan Weidner
Thinking outside the Western box
Human rights in Lebanon
Kafala and its ʹcommoditiesʹ
Russian involvement in Libya
Backing Haftar to the hilt?

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

Interview with Islamic scholar Stefan Weidner

In interview with Rachid Boutayeb, Stefan Weidner complains that even the most critical thinkers of Western tradition have practically never looked beyond their Western horizons. Islam, Indian religions and philosophies of non-European cultures are virtually absent from this thinkingRead more

Human rights in Lebanon

"Where is your bint from?" is not an unusual question in Lebanon. 'Bint' means girl in Arabic, but here refers to housekeepers, maids or nannies working in Lebanon under kafala sponsorship. It is a loaded term that refers to thousands of African and Asian workers arriving in Lebanon every year. By Antoine Abou-DiwanRead more

Russian involvement in Libya

The rumours that Libyan General Khalifa Haftar has Kremlin support are as consistent as his advance on the country's capital. In Syria, Russia has flexed its military muscles – but it isn't yet showing its cards on Libya. By Emily SherwinRead more

Politics

Islamic scholar and writer Stefan Weidner (photo: private)

Interview with Islamic scholar Stefan Weidner

Thinking outside the Western box

Sudanese protesters in Khartoum on 12 April 2019 following the overthrow of long-time dictator of Omar al-Bashir (photo: Getty Images/AFP/Ashraf Shazly)

After the ousting of Omar al-Bashir

Sudan holding out for real change

Libyaʹs General Khalifa Haftar emerges from a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, November 2016 (photo: Reuters/M. Shemetov)

Russian involvement in Libya

Backing Haftar to the hilt?

Demonstrators in Algiers protesting against Bouteflika in February 2019 (photo: picture alliance/dpa/F. Baticha)

Elias Khoury on the Arab Spring 2019

The re-birth of Tahrir Square

Society

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

Ali Azadeh, an AZROU activist (photo: Lina Shanak)

Indigenous rights in the Maghreb

An uphill struggle for Tunisiaʹs Amazigh

A woman visits the "Comtemporary Muslim Fashions" exhibition in the Frankfurt Museum for Applied Art (photo: dpa/picture-alliance)

"Contemporary Muslim Fashions" exhibition

Muslim fashion – a material controversy

Culture

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

German-Iraqi author Abbas Khider (photo: Jens Schlueter/Getty Images)

Book review: Abbas Khiderʹs "Deutsch fuer alle"

Simply making German simpler