Author: Stefan Weidner

Goethe Medal winner Mohamed Abla from Egypt at the award ceremony in Weimar, 28.08.2022 (photo: Goethe-Institut)

Mohamed Abla awarded Goethe Medal

Telling stories through art

Islamic scholar Annemarie Schimmel (photo: Jürgen Eis/Imago)

Women and Islamic studies

Annemarie Schimmel’s pioneering take on Islam

Guest of Honour Germany at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (photo: Abu Dhabi International Book Fair)

Abu Dhabi Book Fair

Arabic literature, criticism and commerce

Irpin is only 20 kilometres from Kyiv - the city has recently been the scene of fierce fighting (photo: Getty Images)

War in Ukraine and the West

Putin's fight and our illusions

Abu Dhabi International Book Fair 2021 (photo: YouTube screenshot)

Literary power politics

Spotlight on the UAE's 30th Abu Dhabi Book Fair

The Iranian-German poet SAID in 2006 (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/dpa-zentralbild/M. Schulte)

Obituary: Iranian-German poet SAID

Shout your names

Archive photo of sociologist and philosopher Juergen Habermas (photo: Janine Schmitz/photothek/imago images)

German angst and the Sheikh Zayed Book Award

Habermas, philosopher of communication, rejects dialogue

Disinfection measures against the coronavirus in Iran (photo: picture-alliance/AP/V. Salemi)

COVID-19 and terrorism

9/11, coronavirus – epochal events that force a re-think

The new Aladdin film starring Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Nasim Pedrad (source: YouTube; film trailer)

Hollywoodʹs flirtation with 1001 Nights

The Aladdin controversy

Algerian author and journalist Kamel Daoud (photo: picture-alliance/Gattoni/Leemage)

Kamel Daoud’s novel "Zabor"

Algeria and a patriarch's dying throes

Representatives of the worldʹs religions present the declaration of a global ethic together during the seventh Parliament of the Worldʹs Religions (photo: Stefan Weidner)

Parliament of the Worldʹs Religions

Good people of the world, unite!

Iranian philosopher Daryush Shayegan (photo: AFP/Anne-Christine Poujoulat)

Obituary: Iranian philosopher Dariush Shayegan

The science of balance

Bachtyar Ali (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/Unionsverlag)

Bachtyar Ali's novel "Die Stadt der weißen Musiker"

Poetry and truth

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