Author: Kersten Knipp

The Saudi blogger Raif Badawi (photo: private)

Saudi authorities crack down on bloggers

Assault on the freedom of expression

A fighter draped in the Libyan flag in Tripoli (photo: picture-alliance)

Interview with Andreas Dittmann

"Libyans themselves are destroying their country"

Navid Kermani (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Interview with Navid Kermani

"One should take the religious façade seriously"

Sheikh Dr Usama Hasan (photo: J. Impey)

British fatwa against IS


Breaking the spell of a poisonous ideology

Max von Oppenheim in his tent in Djebelet el-Beda, Syria, 1929 (photo: Max Freiherr von Oppenheim-Stiftung)

The German archaeologist and explorer Max von Oppenheim


Enchanted by the Myth of the Orient

Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika (right) inspecting a military guard in Algiers (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Presidential election in Algeria

Out with the old, in with the old

Arabic calligraphy (photo: Fotolia/Ivan Montero)

The Arab world


Arabic: the last tie that binds

A young Egyptian carrying an Egyptian flag and standing in front of some anti-Morsi graffiti in Cairo (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Georges Corm on the conflicts in the Arab world

Forget religion!

Young Syrian refugees transport mattresses through the Zaatari refugee camp, located close to the Jordanian city of Mafraq (Photo: KHALIL MAZRAAWI/AFP/Getty Images)

Syrian Refugees in Jordan

Bleak Prospects

Film-poster of "The Lab" by Yotam Feldman

Yotam Feldman's Documentary "The Lab"


Palestinians as Guinea Pigs?

Saleh Diab (photo: private copyright)

Interview with Saleh Diab

''Egypt Doesn't Need Dollars, It Needs a Clear Plan''

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (photo: dapd)

Interview with Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglu

Dialogue Should Not Legitimize Assad

Anti-Mursi protesters sit outside their tents, below a flag that reads, ''No to the Constitution'' at Tahrir Square in Cairo, 10 December 2012 (photo: Reuters)

Egypt Expert Björn Bentlage

''The Draft Constitution Is a Success''

Soldiers of the Free Syrian Army in Aleppo (photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Interview with Peter Harling of the International Crisis Group

The Religious Narrative of Syria's Armed Opposition

Clouds of smoke rise above Damascus after the attack on 18 July 2012 (photo: dapd)

Interview with Heiko Wimmen

The Beginning of the End for Assad?