Country: Middle East

Children playing football in Damascus (photo: Reuters/M. Djurica)

Reconstruction in Syria

Frustrating Assadʹs plans for a new state

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

Cover of Susannah Heschelʹs "Jewish Islam" (published in German by Matthes & Seitz; source: SWR)

Book review: Susannah Heschel on "Jewish Islam"

Jewish Orientalism?

Arabic calligraphy decorates tiles in Granadaʹs mosque, Spain (photo: picture-alliance)

The demise of Modern Standard Arabic

Tongue-tied Arabs

U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu display the proclamation recognising Israel's sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights at the White House on 25 March 2019 (photo: picture-alliance/Photoshot/Ting Shen)

When blackmail becomes policy

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For ʹPalestinian peace processʹ read ʹIran war processʹ

Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the opening ceremony of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge in Zhuhai, China, 23 October 2018 (photo: Reuters/Aly Song)

Uighur repression

Pandering to President Xi

Demonstrators in Algiers protesting against Bouteflika in February 2019 (photo: picture alliance/dpa/F. Baticha)

Elias Khoury on the Arab Spring 2019

The re-birth of Tahrir Square

Militia supporter in Syria burns an IS flag in Raqqa (photo: picture-alliance/AP/dpa)

The end of the "Islamic State"

Entering a new chapter in Syria

President of Turkey and ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party chair Recep Tayyip Erdogan (photo: Getty Images/A. Altan)

Not-so-splendid isolation

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Erdogan's geopolitical nightmare

Lebanese-American artist Helen Zughaib and artist-in-residence at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia (photo: Erwin Thamm)

Portrait of the Lebanese-American artist Helen Zughaib

"We are more similar than dissimilar"

Tunisian woman protesting during the 2010/2011 Jasmine Revolution, Tunis (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

The Arab Spring and the "Spring of Nations"

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Failed revolutionaries?

Professor Gabriele Gien, President of the Catholic University Eichstaett-Ingolstadt looks on as Professor Georges Tamer, chairholder of the Institute for Oriental Philology and Islamic Studies at the University in Erlangen (centre) and Professor Christoph Boettigheimer, Ordinarius for the Chair of Fundamental Theology of the Catholic University Eichstaett-Ingolstadt sign a co-operation aggreement launching the KCID project (source: www.kcid.fau.eu)

Introducing the Key Concepts project

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From religious tolerance to acceptance

Egyptian BookTubers Nada El Shabrawi and Shady (photo: Goethe-Institut)

Literary trends

Introducing Egypt's BookTubers

Symbolic image: al-Qaida and IS (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Interview with the Islam expert Behnam T. Said

Why al-Qaida is stronger than ever

French television reporters interview Syriaʹs President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus (photo: Reuters/Sana)

War reporting

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Facts must be respected – even in Syria!

"Human Cargo" installation (photo: DW/W. Dick)

"Human Cargo" art project

Plumbing the depths of refugee pain

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