Islam in Pakistan
The land of the Sufis
Young Persian fiction
"Dort": weird fiction fresh from Iran
One year of Taliban rule
How life has changed for Afghans
India and Pakistan – 75 years of independence
A pair of troubled nations

Islam in Pakistan

No country in the Islamic world is influenced as strongly by the traditions of Sufi culture as Pakistan. Yet the Sufis there have been under attack from Islamic hardliners for years. By Marian BrehmerRead more

Almost all of the contributions in the first two editions of dort feature strong, surreal elements, immediately classifiable as weird fiction, a genre thriving in the U.S. today.

Young Persian fiction

Literature by young Iranian authors is rare in German. Publisher and translator Arash Alborz aims to change this with his literary magazine, 'dort'. Do the first two editions live up to that promise? Gerrit Wustmann took a look for Qantara.deRead more

Experts say the downfall of Ghani's government was inevitable once NATO forces started withdrawing from the war-ravaged country in May 2021 as a result of Washington's deal with the Taliban in February 2020. But few expected the country to fall to the militants so quickly.

One year of Taliban rule

On 15 August 2021 the Taliban overthrew the government in Afghanistan and seized power. One year later, the country is facing multiple challenges that demand immediate global attention. Ahmad Hakimi reportsRead more

Despite the historical and cultural similarities, the sense of estrangement between tPakistan and India could hardly be greater.

India and Pakistan – 75 years of independence

On 14 August 2022, Pakistan marked the 75th year of its founding. One day later, neighbouring India celebrates its own independence with much pomp. Despite the historical and cultural similarities, the sense of estrangement between the two countries could hardly be greater, writes Mohammad LuqmanRead more

Politics

Mahatma Gandhi and Muhammed Ali Jinnah (photo: AP)

India and Pakistan – 75 years of independence

A pair of troubled nations

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (C) inspects a guard of honour before addressing the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort during the celebrations to mark countrys Independence Day in New Delhi on 15 August 2022 (photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Indian democracy at 75

Narendra Modi’s damaging dominance

June 2022: Men demonstrate against a hike in fuel prices in Peshawar, Pakistan (photo: Reuters)

Pakistan turns 75

Islamabad has serious issues

No roads, no cars, no carbon dioxide: "The Line" is the name of a planned eco-super city in Saudi Arabia - 170 kilometers long, 200 meters wide and 500 meters high (photo: AFP Photo/NEOM)

'The Line' in Saudi Arabia

Mohammed bin Salman's febrile dream

Society

The illuminated tomb of Shah Jamal in Lahore (photo: Marian Brehmer)

Islam in Pakistan

The land of the Sufis

Holocaust memorial in Berlin (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

The Holocaust, colonialism and mutual understanding

Time for a refresher in humanity

Street scene in Kabul, pick-up in the centre transporting Taliban fighters (photo: picture-alliance)

One year of Taliban rule

How life has changed for Afghans

Jahangir Alam and his wife Farida outside their slum dwelling in Dhaka, Bangladesh (photo: Dominik Muller)

Climate change in Bangladesh

The end of the line for climate migrants in Dhaka

Culture

Cover of "dort" literary magazine, showcasing contemporary Persian literature (source: publisher)

Young Persian fiction

"Dort": weird fiction fresh from Iran

Author Salman Rushdie (photo: empics/picture-alliance)

Interview with Salman Rushdie

Kashmir, Paradise lost

Noori & His Dorpa Band in the Sudan National Museum (photo: Yasir Elhassan)

Noori & His Dorpa Band's "Beja Power"

Defiant in the face of repression