Europe's policies in the Middle East
Late-colonial convulsions
Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt
Politics casts a long shadow
Book review: Raja Alem's "Sarab"
Gender under siege in Mecca
US withdrawal from Syria
The US is still needed in Syria

Europe's policies in the Middle East

The UK has stopped an Iranian tanker in Gibraltar. Italy and France are supporting opposing parties at war in Libya. Germany has other priorities. Europe is doing almost exactly what it did 100 years ago. An essay by Stefan BuchenRead more

Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt

This evening, Algeria will play Senegal in Cairo International Stadium in the final of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Joseph Hammond takes a look at how the football championship has unfolded for Egypt and its relevance for the country, which was not originally slated to host the competition at allRead more

Book review: Raja Alem's "Sarab"

On 20 November 1979, Islamic militants took over the Grand Mosque in Mecca, the holiest site in Islam. Hundreds were killed in the ensuing two-week siege. This pivotal event in modern Islamic history changed Saudi Arabia. It provides the backdrop for Raja Alem's new novel "Sarab", an extraordinary story of love, faith, violence and gender. By Marcia Lynx QualeyRead more

US withdrawal from Syria

By rushing out of Syria now, the Trump administration is ceding the field to Russia, Turkey and Iran, all but guaranteeing another regional conflagration in the near future. By leading a new diplomatic effort to end the conflict and begin reconstruction, Trump could both extricate the US from the conflict and help stabilise the region. By Charles A. Kupchan and Sinan ÜlgenRead more

Politics

Riyad Mahrez of Algeria scoring against Nigeria in the semi final of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (photo: Getty Images/AFP/J. Soriano)

Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt

Politics casts a long shadow

Erdogan supporters celebrate the end of the failed coup attempt, Taksim Square, Istanbul, July 2015 (photo: picture-alliance)

Third anniversary of the attempted coup in Turkey

"A gift from Allah" for Erdogan

US army personnel on patrol, Manbij, Syria (photo: picture-alliance/AP Photo/H. Malla)

US withdrawal from Syria

The US is still needed in Syria

Society

Postcard showing the Hotel Majestic in Tunis in the 1930s (source: Wikipedia)

Book review: Daniel Speck's "Piccola Sicilia"

Little Sicily in North Africa

Operation in a hospital run by Medecins sans Frontieres in Amman (photo: Philipp Breu)

Helping the Middle Eastʹs war-wounded

The hospital for all wars

Religions for Peace festival in Osnabruck in September 2017 (photo: DW/C. Strack)

Interfaith dialogue

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World Assembly of Religions comes to Lindau

Culture

Raja Alem (photo: Unionsverlag)

Book review: Raja Alem's "Sarab"

Gender under siege in Mecca

French author Alice Zeniter (photo: Imago Images)

Book review: Alice Zeniter's "L'Art de perdre"

Rediscovering a lost chapter of (family) history

The use of the Arabic language alongside the Hebrew language was a matter of course for Iraqi Jews right up to their death, as the text on the gravestone shows: Itzhak Schlomo, died on day 24 of the Hebrew month Iyar in 679 (source: Facebook; Israel in Iraqi dialect)

Iraqi Jews

Iraqi Judaism lives on in literary form

Martin Kollar's "Field Trip/Israel"; 2009-2011 (photo: Martin Kollar)

Berlin Jewish Museum: Exhibiting "This Place"

A personal take on Israel