Qatar World Cup 2022
Fans: "Abolish sexual and gender identity penalties"
Afghanistan under the Taliban
Back to the past
Attar’s "The Conference of the Birds"
There is no person whose soul has not suffered
Mahsa Amini's death
Iranians unite in rage and mourning
The "Sport and Human Rights" congress hosted by the German Football Association (DFB) aimed at "intensifying the discussion" in the run-up to the World Cup in Qatar in November.

Qatar World Cup 2022

Unflattering terms were used at a German Football Association human rights congress aimed at "intensifying the discussion" ahead of the World Cup. One speaker in particular made waves with an impassioned personal plea. James Thorogood reportsRead 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

Fariduddin Attar’s “The Conference of the Birds“, one of the seminal works of Islamic mysticism, has recently been published in sumptuously illustrated German translation. It makes an excellent introduction to the Persian poet.

Attar’s "The Conference of the Birds"

Fariduddin Attar’s "The Conference of the Birds", one of the seminal works of Islamic mysticism, has recently been published in sumptuously illustrated German translation. It makes an excellent introduction to the Persian poet. By Gerrit WustmannRead more

Mahsa’s violent death has achieved something no-one has been able to do for 43 years: it has united almost the entire Iranian people in mourning  – and against the inhumane regime.

Mahsa Amini's death

The violent death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini has achieved something the entire opposition has failed to do during the 43-year rule of the ayatollahs in Iran: almost the entire Iranian people are united on one issue, only the regime supporters are divided. By Parvin IraniRead more

Politics

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

Qatar Airways passenger jet landing in Berlin (photo: AFP/Getty Images)

FIFA, France and Qatar

Qatar Airways' own goal

Pnoto montage of Pakistani PM Shehbaz Sharif and U.S. President Joe Biden (photo: Kremlin Pool/AP Photo)

Geopolitics and jihadism

Biden’s dangerous embrace of Pakistan

Society

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"

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

Golineh Atai's unsung heroines

In Iran, freedom is female

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

In the Sufi shrine of Sidi Bel Abbas, Marrakesh (photo: Marian Brehmer)

Sufism in Morocco

A cure for extremism?

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

Symbolic image LGBTQ in the Maghreb (photo: DW/F.Steinborn)

Queer Film Festival in Tunisia

Between fear and courage