Country: Middle East

Illustration from "The Book of Exposition" (published in 1900)

The Book of Exposition

An archaeology of erotica

U.S. President George W. Bush addresses the nation aboard the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln and declares major fighting over in Iraq on 1 May 2003, as it sails for Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, California (photo: AFP Photo/Stephen Jaffe)

The Iraq War fifteen years on

"America destroyed my country"

Abbasid Caliph Al-Qadir bestowing a richly decorated robe of honour on Mahmud of Ghazni in 1000 (miniature from Rashid al-Din’s "Jami' al-tawarikh", via Wikimedia Commons)

Ethnicity in the Muslim caliphates

To be a son of Quraish

Aya Hijazi, founder of a non-governmental organisation that looks after street children, sits in a holding cell of a Cairo courthouse on charges of human trafficking, sexual exploitation of minors and using children in protests, 23.03.2017 (photo: Reuters/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

Societal repression in Egypt

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The tentacles of autocracy

The "Strengthening Structures" workshop at the Goethe-Institut Cairo (photo: Roger Anis/Goethe-Institut Cairo)

Goethe-Institut education initiatives in the MENA region

Getting behind civil society

The Egyptian pound (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Egypt's rising debts

"A sign of crisis"

Muslims in Indonesia protest against Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital (photo: Reuters/D. Whiteside)

Trump's Jerusalem decision

Unleashing a new wave of radicalisation?

Palestinians watch Trump's announcement that he now recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel (photo: Getty Images)

US foreign policy

Donald Trump versus Middle East peace

Panorama of Jerusalem (photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Trump recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

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Whose idea was that?

Monument of the Muslim philosopher Averroes (photo: Manolo Blanco; source: Flickr)

Averroes' Enlightenment legacy

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An intellectual earthquake

Theologian Karl-Josef Kuschel (source: YouTube)

Non-fiction: Karl-Josef Kuschel′s ″Christmas and the Qu′ran″

When love comes down

Fight to capture the last IS position in Sirte, Libya (photo: Reuters/I. Zitouny)

Breaking the Middle East′s cycle of terror

The two-pronged strategy

Troops belonging to the Syrian Democratic Forces pose in front of a banner bearing the likeness of Abdullah Ocalan, leader of the PKK, in Raqqa on 19 October 2017 (photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Syria and the war against IS

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Strange bedfellows

Politician for the Green party, Omid Nouripour, addresses the German parliament (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/J. Jeske)

Non-fiction: Omid Nouripour's "What to Do about Jihadists?"

Every day counts

An Iranian woman holds a placard showing a caricature of Donald Trump during a rally marking the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in February 2017. Millions marched in response to the new U.S. administrationn and a rejection of threatening language (photo: Getty Images/AFP/A. Kenare)

Annulling the Iran deal

When amateurs rule

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