Istanbul's migrant culture
Turkey's megacity is no melting pot
Sudan
The challenging path to democratic transition
Islam’s conscientious thinkers
People of reason vs. people of the hadith
FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
Qatar critics and their blind spots
According to Turkey's ministry of trade, there were 416 Syrian-owned restaurants and 119 patisseries spread around the country in 2019. Several of them are located near one of Istanbul's main transportation hubs, Yenikapi Square, and the historical Fatih district.

Istanbul's migrant culture

Istanbulites take pride in being the world’s melting pot and its natural outcome: having a bustling abundance of international cuisine. Visiting restaurants opened by recent migrants is often, however, a step too far. Ayse Karabat reportsRead more

Many of those most opposed to "foreign interference" are self-identified Islamists, often former supporters of al-Bashir, whose National Congress Party had Islamist leanings. They, too, would like a path back towards political power.

Sudan

Sudanese protesters have been calling for the removal of German diplomat Volker Perthes from the UN mission to the country. Despite the fractious nature of post-dictatorship politics, there are some reasons for optimism. By Cathrin SchaerRead more

Today’s Muslims have the right to look at this complex Islamic tradition not only with respect but also with critical reason, in order to find the best inspirations they can, to rearticulate Islam for a radically different millennium.

Islam’s conscientious thinkers

Past attempts to reconcile logic and belief within Islam tend to be dismissed today – not because they lack merit, but because they were politically defeated, argues Mustafa AkyolRead more

One Love armbands are self-righteous and ignore some fundamental issues.

FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

We are in favour of human rights. But One Love armbands are self-righteous and ignore some fundamental issues. Stefan Buchen examines the debate surrounding the World Cup in QatarRead more

Politics

Protests in Sudan against Volker Perthes, director of the UN's mission in the country (photo: AA/picture-alliance)

Sudan

The challenging path to democratic transition

Morocco fans in Souq Waqif, Doha, Qatar wave a flag of Palestine during celebrations after the Canada v Morocco match as Morocco qualify for the knockout stages (photo: REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

Football fans see double standard in stadium politics ban

Turkish fighter jets have been flying attacks against Kurdish positions in northern Iraq and northern Syria for days (photo: Eren Bozkurt/AA/picture alliance)

Turkey, Iran – and Iraq's Kurds

Days of reckoning

The controversial "One-Love" armband on the arm of Federal Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser (SPD) (photo: Mathias Koch/imago images)

FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022

Qatar critics and their blind spots

Society

Waiter holds a tray of Syrian dishes in a restaurant in Istanbul (photo: Volkan Kisa)

Istanbul's migrant culture

Turkey's megacity is no melting pot

Year 12 girls' class in Afghanistan (photo: Kinderhilfe Afghanistan)

Afghanistan under the Taliban

"Girls continue to attend our schools"

Symbolic image demonstrating frustration with Iran's religious leaders (photo: Getty Images/AFP)

Protests in Iran

Islamic Republic facing a religious watershed

Culture

Adam, the main character, is played by Palestinian actor Tawfeek Barhom (source: Cannes Film Festival)

Cairo Conspiracy a.k.a. Boy From Heaven

Al-Azhar, a Catholic monastery...and the Dalai Lama

Iranian actor Hengameh Ghaziani (source: Instagram)

Iran protests 2022

Female film stars show solidarity

Turkish writer and journalist Nedim Turfent (source: English PEN)

Nedim Turfent’s freedom of speech

Beyond the walls of Van

Scene from the play "The Queen Commanded Him to Forget" by Ofira Henig (photo: Peter Adamik)

Israeli director Ofira Henig

"We don’t give any answers, we ask questions"