Chaza Charafeddine's "Beirut für wilde Mädchen"
Flashback from Beirut
Turkey and northern Syria
Recep Tayyip Erdogan's deadly serious colonial project
Execution for a Facebook post?
Why blasphemy is a capital offence in some Muslim countries
One hundred years of Jordan
Middle East anchor of stability
Lebanese author and visual artist Chaza Charafeddine.

Chaza Charafeddine's "Beirut für wilde Mädchen"

A childhood and youth in Beirut, a life lived between Lebanon, Switzerland and Germany, and a unique voice in Arabic-language literature: "Beirut für wilde Mädchen" sees Lebanese author Chaza Charafeddine tell her country’s story from a highly personal perspective. Gerrit Wustman read the bookRead more

Turkey and northern Syria

The neo-Ottomanism propagated by Erdogan has long been more than rhetoric and symbolic politics. This can be seen from recent developments in parts of northern Syria, where Turkey is in the process of permanently securing its sphere of influence. Joseph Croitoru reportsRead more

Execution for a Facebook post?

The Prophet Muhammad never executed anyone for apostasy, nor encouraged his followers to do so. Nor is criminalising sacrilege based on Islam’s main sacred text, the Koran. In this essay, Ahmet Kuru exposes the political motivations for criminalising blasphemy and apostasyRead more

One hundred years of Jordan

Founded in 1921 as a temporary solution, Jordan managed to establish itself as one of the most stable countries in the Middle East. The inclusive and flexible approach taken by the state’s founder Abdullah and his successors doubtless contributed to this stability. But the centennial celebrations of the Hashemite Kingdom are overshadowed by an economic crisis and deadlock over political reform. By Edmund RatkaRead more

Politics

Erodgan presenting a map of northeastern Syria (photo: picture-alliance/AP Photo/S. Weng)

Turkey and northern Syria

Recep Tayyip Erdogan's deadly serious colonial project

King Hussein of Jordan speaks at the re-opening of Parliament in 1957 (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

One hundred years of Jordan

"A land for all Arabs" turned Middle East anchor of stability

German national team wears t-shirts with "human rights" emblazoned across them prior to their World Cup qualifier against Iceland (photo: Tobias Schwartz/Getty Images/AFP)

2022 FIFA World Cup and human rights

Pointing the finger at Qatar's rulers is not enough

Dr Guido Steinberg (left) and Ulrich Tilgner (photos: Eventpress Stauffenberg/picture-alliance and Future Image/imagoimages)

New books on the Middle East

The clouds of war or the dawn of a new beginning?

Society

Islamist activists carry placards against Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman who was released in 2018 after spending eight years on death row for blasphemy; Karachi, 21 November 2018 (photo: Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty Images)

Execution for a Facebook post?

Why blasphemy is a capital offence in some Muslim countries

Protest again the burka ban in Denmark (photo: picture-alliance/AP Photo/Ritzau Scanpix/M. C. Rasmussen)

Burka bans in Europe

Why the burka is so important for right-wing populists

Protesters move away as Turkish police officers intervene during a demonstration in support of Bogazici University students, at Kadikoy in Istanbul, 1 April 2021 (photo: Bulent Kilic/AFP)

Turkish graduates in Europe

Turkey's best and brightest flee in brain drain

Culture

Lebanese author Chaza Charafeddine (photo: Talal Khoury; source: edition-converso.com))

Chaza Charafeddine's "Beirut für wilde Mädchen"

Flashback from Beirut

Turkish soaps conquer the Arab world. "1001 Nights" is one of the Turkish dizis (photo: Tmc Film)

Turkey's handle on soft power

Hit TV series from Turkey conquer the Arab world

Bicycle parked along a track on the Sufi Trail (photo: Marian Brehmer)

The Sufi Trail

Anatolia through the eyes of a pilgrim

Iraqi author Usama Al Shahmani (photo: Ennio Leanza/Keystone/picture-alliance)

Usama Al Shahmani's "Im Fallen lernt die Feder fliegen"

Falling, the feather learns to fly