Country: Iran

Iranian women protest against compulsory headscarves (photo: picture-alliance/abaca/SalamPix)

Golineh Atai's unsung heroines

In Iran, freedom is female

Illustration from Fariduddin Attar's "Vogelgespraeche" published by Edition Orient 2022 (source: Edition Orient)

Attar’s "The Conference of the Birds"

There is no person whose soul has not suffered

People demonstrating in front of the Iranian embassy in Berlin (photo: Paul Zinken/picture-alliance/dpa)

Mahsa Amini's death

Iranians unite in rage and mourning

Hagia Sophia: a monument spanning two world religions, Christianity and Islam (photo: Getty Images)

No Europe without Islam

"Europe's history is rooted in migration"

Symbolic image: Druze men in traditional garb (photo: Jalaa Marey/AFP)

Syria’s restive South

Making the Druze choose

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei receives Vladimir Putin in Tehran on 19 July (photo by KHAMENEI.IR / AFP)

Iran and Russia

The Islamic Republic surrenders to Putin

Muqtada al-Sadr's angry supporters made it onto the roof of the government palace (photo: Hadi Hizban/AP/dpa/picture-alliance)

Political crisis in Iraq

Fighting for Shia hearts and minds

Queen Elizabeth II visiting a mosque in Bursa, Turkey, 2008 (photo: Anatolia News Agency/AFP)

Elizabeth II and the Muslims

"To be there for our fellow human-beings"

Iranian author Abbas Maroufi in his Berlin bookshop (photo: pciture-alliance)

Death of Iranian writer Abbas Maroufi

Engaged in cultural dialogue

Yemeni soldiers loyal to the Southern Transitional Council (photo: picture-alliance/PhotoLab)

Saudi Arabia’s divided anti-Houthi coalition

Rescuing the state of Yemen

Geometric shapes have started to appear on Iranian carpets as part of a redesign and resizing in response to changing tastes, and fallen exports (photo: AFP)

Persian rugs in 21st century

Ancient Iranian tradition gets makeover as sales sink

Cover of "dort" literary magazine, showcasing contemporary Persian literature (source: publisher)

Young Persian fiction

"Dort": weird fiction fresh from Iran

Woman looking at art (photo: AP/picture-alliance)

Tehran’s Museum of Contemporary Art

Iranians flock to see Western art

Pages