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
Yemen’s other war
Female politicians targeted on social media
No Europe without Islam
Christianity is an eastern religion
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

Nora Al-Jarawi (@Noorajrwi) is a Yemeni political and human rights activist.

Yemen’s other war

With more than two hundred thousand followers on Facebook and about 54 thousand followers on Twitter, I am one of the most prominent Yemeni politicians on the ground and online. Yet not a day passes without me having to fight in the virtual world because I decided to have a voice. Activist Nora Al-Jarawi gives a personal accountRead more

No Europe without Islam

Like Christianity, Europe's history is one of migration. Both have strong roots in the Orient and in cultures thousands of years old. Cultural historian Bernhard Braun invites us on a journey of discoveryRead more

Politics

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

Mine victims in Taiz, Yemen (photo: Khaled Al-Banna)

Landmines in Yemen

Death beckons with every step

Society

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?

Mada Masr's journalists (left to right): Rana Mamdouh, Sara Seif Eddin, editor-in-chief Lina Attalah and Beesan Kassab in front of Cairo's Appeals Prosecution after being released on bail (photo: Mada Masr)

Press freedom in Egypt

Renewed crackdown threatens last independent news site

Hagia Sophia: a monument spanning two world religions, Christianity and Islam (photo: Getty Images)

No Europe without Islam

"Europe's history is rooted in migration"

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