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Robert Misik: Criticism in the Spirit of Enlightenment

Deliver Us from the Return of Religion!

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"In Turkey, a Novel Is a Public Statement"

Rose Issa (photo: private copyright)

Interview with Rose Issa

"Culture Should Not Be Restricted to the West"

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Stefan Weidner's "Fez"

Meandering Reflections

Orhan Pamuk (photo: AP)

Orhan Pamuk

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Bookcover: 'Der Schrecken Gottes', Navid Kermani

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Is the Creator a Sadist?

Five of the six Osamas (photo: Mahmoud Kaabour)

Mahmoud Kaabour's "Being Osama"

What's in a Name?