Egypt‘s illegal deportation practice
Eritrean refugees in Egypt: arrested, beaten, threatened
Prostitution in the Shah's Iran
Shahr-e No – "the neighbourhood of the sorrowful"
Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey and Egypt
A new dawn for diplomacy in the Middle East?
"American*ish"
This is America, where dreams come true... ish
 Refugees from Eritrea.

Egypt‘s illegal deportation practice

Two refugees detained in Egypt are facing deportation to Eritrea. The expulsion of the Eritreans, who have been incarcerated in Cairo for more than eight years, has been halted for the time being. But the attempted deportation is not an isolated case, and sheds light on Egypt’s draconian approach towards refugees and migrants. By Sofian Philip NaceurRead more

Prostitution in the Shah's Iran

Drawing on the history of Tehran's Shahr-e No red light district, Nasrin Bassiri describes how prostitution functioned in Iran before the Islamic Revolution. The neighbourhood would end up being destroyed in August 1980, six months after Khomeini came to powerRead more

Endless conflict may mark the Middle East’s past; but it is not the region’s settled destiny.

Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey and Egypt

International relations are shifting across the Middle East as regional powers adapt to America's retrenchment and China's growing influence. Although the region could become the site of another great-power competition, it also has a chance to pursue diplomatic openings and new security arrangements. By Fawaz A. GergesRead more

Film review: Fatima & Zawahry's "American*ish"

"American*ish" – co-written by Aizzah Fatima and Iman K. Zawahry, and directed by the latter – is a rom com for an America too many don't want to acknowledge. Whereas most mainstream American TV and films present the Muslim immigrant community as a monolithic group with a kind of hive mind, this film goes out of its way to break the mould. By Richard MarcusRead more

Politics

 Refugees from Eritrea (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Egypt‘s illegal deportation practice

Eritrean refugees in Egypt: arrested, beaten, threatened

Sunrise on the island of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf (photo: Instagram)

Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey and Egypt

A new dawn for diplomacy in the Middle East?

Protests against the miserable economic situation in Tunis in December 2020 (photo: Fethi Belaid/AFP/Getty Images)

Arab world

"The people aren't ready" – can Arabs do democracy?

Society

Still of an alley in the prostitutes' ghetto Shahr-e No in Tehran before 1980 (source: ROUYDAD24.IR)

Prostitution in the Shah's Iran

Shahr-e No – "the neighbourhood of the sorrowful"

General election in Germany

How will Germany's immigrants vote?

A Muslim woman prays during Eid-Ul-Fitr, 2017 (photo: Sanka Vidanagama/ZUMAPRESS/imago images)

Future-proofing Islam

Indonesia G20 presidency to focus on "the soul of Islam"

Owner Kazem Mabhutian, 63, serves tea at the smallest and oldest teahouse tucked away in an alleyway of the Grand Bazaar in the Iranian capital Tehran on 20 September 2021 (photo: ATTA KENARE / AFP)

Life in Iran

Treats and tradition in Tehran's oldest, tiniest teahouse

Culture

Still from Iman K. Zawahry's "American*ish" (distributed by

Film review: Fatima & Zawahry's "American*ish"

This is America, where dreams come true... ish

The author Fatima Daas (photo: Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images)

Book review: Fatima Daas' "The Last One"

Confessions of a Muslim woman