Islam for the 21st century?
Look no further than Goethe
Arab world
"The people aren't ready" – can Arabs do democracy?
General election
How will Germany's immigrants vote?
9/11 twenty years on
How the 'War on Terror' destabilised the Middle East
Calligraphy "Infinity" by Shahid Alam; courtesy of the artist.

Karl-Josef Kuschel's "Goethe and the Koran"

No other Western poet was arguably so well-versed in the Koran or so fascinated by Islam as Germany's national hero, Goethe. In a new publication that examines all Goethe's writings relating to Islam, theologian Karl-Josef Kuschel shows that the poet's message is still highly relevant today. Stefan Weidner read the bookRead more

Protests against the miserable economic situation in Tunis in December 2020.

Arab world

"The people aren’t ready for democracy" has been the constitutional basis for Arab tyranny, its favourite slogan and its sacred narrative for more than a century. Yet, asks Khaled Hroub, what chance does democracy have, unless it is repeatedly put to the test by the people at all levels of society?Read more

General election in Germany

Germany’s electorate includes some 7.4 million citizens with international roots, while many more millions of residents from abroad aren’t allowed to vote. Both groups are often overlooked by political parties. Kay-Alexander Scholz reportsRead more

Attacks on 11 September 2001 in New York.

9/11 twenty years on

Two decades after the attacks of 11 September 2001, the West faces the shattered debris of its failure – not only in Afghanistan, but also in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen. What went wrong in the war on terror? And what lessons can Europe learn from it? Essay by Kristin HelbergRead more

Politics

Protests against the miserable economic situation in Tunis in December 2020 (photo: Fethi Belaid/AFP/Getty Images)

Arab world

"The people aren't ready" – can Arabs do democracy?

A young Muslim woman making bag lunches for homeless people in San Francisco (photo: Abdel Rahman Bassa)

9/11 twenty years on

Muslims in the West – the cultural go-betweens

Attacks on 11 September 2001 in New York (photo: Imago/Zuma Press)

9/11 twenty years on

How the 'War on Terror' destabilised the Middle East

Society

General election in Germany

How will Germany's immigrants vote?

In "Homeland", starring actress Claire Danes, Shia Hezbollah are allied with the Sunni al-Qaida through their mutual hatred of the U.S. (photo: Sifeddine Elamine /Imago)

The West and Islam 20 years after 9/11

Paranoia, now

Afghan women hold banners and placards as they take part in an anti-Pakistan protest in Kabul on 8 September 2021 (photo: Hoshang Hashimi/AFP)

Afghan women challenge the Taliban

For freedom, equality and the right to play sport

Culture

The author Fatima Daas (photo: Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images)

Book review: Fatima Daas' "The Last One"

Confessions of a Muslim woman

Author Christy Lefteri (photo: private; source: Penguin/Random House)

Book review: Christy Lefteri's "The Beekeeper of Aleppo"

Escaping hell on earth