Femicide and coronavirus
Algeria's ongoing war against women – #WeLostOneOfUs
Appealing to U.S. President Joe Biden
Ending the Yemen war requires U.S. action
Joe Biden and U.S. policy on Turkey
No more special privileges for Recep Tayyip Erdogan
"Straight from the Horse’s Mouth"
A fiercely enjoyable feminist fairytale

Femicide and coronavirus in the Maghreb

The Algerian state's insufficient response to a recent spate of femicides has driven hundreds of women to defy coronavirus lockdown restrictions to take part in street protests, while also rekindling a debate about the death penalty. By Dalia GhanemRead more

"I am optimistic that Biden is prepared to work politically and diplomatically to put an end to the suffering of Yemenis caused by this war and to help them find a solution," says Karman.

Appealing to U.S. President Joe Biden

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Tawakkol Karman says the time has come to pressure Saudi Arabia and the UAE to withdraw from Yemen so that the country can resume the peace process and restore a Yemeni state. Interview by Rafiah Al TaleiRead more

The then Vice President Joe Biden (l) attends a bilateral meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Washington on 31 March 2016.

Joe Biden and U.S. policy on Turkey

The foreign policy direction favoured by Washington's new incumbent is putting a strain on relations with Turkey. The two nations look set to clash over a whole host of issues, from human rights concerns to the S 400 Russian missile system, Ronald Meinardus writes in his analysis for Qantara.deRead more

Merymen Alaoui's "Straight from the Horse’s Mouth"

Even though Meryem Alaoui's debut novel "Straight from the Horse's Mouth" centres on a female character working in a field – sex work – that is often, at least in Arabic literature, linked to Morocco, it does so with humour, warmth, and a tumbling, cartwheeling taste for the fantastic. Marcia Lynx Qualey read the bookRead more

Politics

Archive photo: The then Vice President Joe Biden (l) attends a bilateral meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Washington, 31 March 2016 (photo: Reuters/J. Roberts)

Joe Biden and U.S. policy on Turkey

No more special privileges for Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Syrian dissident and political analyst Yassin al-Haj Saleh (photo: Maizar Matar)

The legacy of the Arab Spring

"The Syrian revolution is resumable today and tomorrow"

Protests in Kabul against attacks on the Hazara minority in Pakistan (photo: Reuters)

Sectarian strife in Pakistan

Syria's proxy war widens gulf between Sunnis and Shias

Society

Attendees sit in the pews at the Chaldean Catholic Church of the Assumption of Mary in Iraq's capital Baghdad on 8 December 2020 (photo: AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

Preparing for Pope Francis' visit

The scant remains of Iraq's ancient Christian community

Culture

Moroccan novelist Meryem Alaoui (photo: JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images)

Merymen Alaoui's "Straight from the Horse’s Mouth"

A fiercely enjoyable feminist fairytale

Qawwali performance at a Sufi festival in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad (photo: Marian Brehmer)

Sufi musik: Qawwali ensemble "Fanna-fi-Allah"

Searching for God's love

Art historian Wendy Shaw (photo: Bernd Wannenmacher)

"What is Islamic art?" with art historian Wendy Shaw

What is art, when the primary sensory organ is the heart?

Cover section of Amjad Nasser's poetry anthology "Shepherd of Solitude" (published by Banipal)

Book review: Amjad Nasser's "Land of No Rain"

A milestone of modern Arabic literature