ARTE documentary
German couple fights for girls' literacy in Afghanistan
Spotlight on bridge-builders
Lamya Kaddor
Elhanan Miller on interfaith dialogue
"People of the Book" brings Jews and Muslims together
"The Prophet: A Graphic Novel"
Romantic ideals for a new generation

ARTE documentary

Ofarin is an association working hard in Afghanistan to provide girls an education. Founded by German aid worker Paul Schwittek it has transformed the lives of a generation of Afghan girls, but now his project is coming to an end.Read more

 The daughter of Syrian immigrants, Lamya Kaddor was born in Ahlen in 1978. She is a teacher, Muslim religious educationalist, Islamic Studies scholar and publicist. Founding chair of the Liberal-Islamic Association; Kaddor also helped found the “Society of Teachers of Islamic Studies in the German Language”. Both regard themselves as pluralistic alternatives to the existing Islamic and mosque associations in Germany

Spotlight on bridge-builders: Lamya Kaddor

Lamya Kaddor is a frontwoman for liberal Islam in Germany. The Islamic studies teacher has received numerous awards for her dedication. But she also faces hostility from many sides. Ceyda Nurtsch introduces her for Qantara.deRead more

Rabbi Elhanan Miller on interfaith dialogue

Conceived by Israeli journalist and rabbi Elhanan Miller, "People of the Book" is a YouTube project designed to provide information on Judaism in Arabic. Disarming prejudice with humour, Miller's cartoons aim to promote mutual understanding between Jews and Arabs. Interview by Claudia MendeRead more

Pete Katz and "The Prophet: A Graphic Novel"

Often disdained by intellectuals, Kahlil Gibran’s "The Prophet" has remained immensely popular for nearly a century since its publication in 1923. Now one of the most translated books in history has undergone another translation – into the visual sphere – by Pete Katz, who both adapted and illustrated the new volume. By Nahrain Al-MousawiRead more

Politics

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, left, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speak to the media after a meeting in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, 24 August 2016 (photo: picture alliance/AP Images/K. Ozer)

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U.S. foreign policy in the Arab world

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Society

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ARTE documentary

German couple fights for girls' literacy in Afghanistan

Israeli journalist and rabbi Elhanan Miller (photo: private)

Rabbi Elhanan Miller on interfaith dialogue

"People of the Book" brings Jews and Muslims together

Culture

Excerpt from "The Prophet: A Graphic Novel", adapted and illustrated by Pete Katz (published by Canterbury Classics)

Pete Katz and "The Prophet: A Graphic Novel"

Romantic ideals for a new generation

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Lebanese singer Fairuz (photo: Jospeh Eid /AFP/Getty Images)

Lebanese singer Fairuz

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Sudanese author Leila Aboulela (photo: Judy Laing)

Interview with Sudanese-Egyptian writer Leila Aboulela

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