Topic: Islam and democracy

"Straight Voice", Khartoum, Sudan: a young man recites a poem, holding his left hand to his chest. He is surrounded by demonstrators who light him up with their cell phones. The jury chose the picture by the Japanese artist Yasuyoshi Chiba because it provides inspiration to the viewer in uncertain times. It also won the category "General News, Single Image" (photo: AFP/Y. Chiba)

Germany hosts the Sudan Partnership Conference

A historic opportunity to move Sudan's transition along

Dutch sociologist Ruud Koopmans (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/gbrci)

Non-fiction: Ruud Koopman's "Das verfallene Haus des Islam"

Cherry-picking for a distorted image of Islam

(photo: Reuters/A. Konstantinidis)

Protests bring Beirut’s abandoned Egg back to life

A student protester holds up a placard outside the Lebanese Ministry of Education in Beirut on 7 November 2019 (photo: picture-alliance/AP Photo/H. Malla)

Mass protests in Sudan, Algeria, Lebanon and Iraq

Is this the Arab Spring 2.0?

Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and Sudan's premier Abdalla Hamdok give a press conference in Khartoum on 03.09.2019 (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/K. Nietfeld

Horn of Africa

Give Sudan's fledgling democracy the support it deserves!

Iraqi women protest in Basra, 7 September 2018 (photo: Reuters/A. Al-Marjani)

Patriarchy and governance

Iraq's token females

Constitutional law professor and presidential frontrunner Kais Saied (photo: Reuters/M. Hamed)

Polling in the Maghreb

Presidential run-off in Tunisia, but will anyone vote?

Turkish rapper Saniser (photo: leo xandre)

Shaking the status quo in Turkey

#Susamam rappers: "Turkish society is on our side"

Wearing blue as a sign of solidarity, members of the Sudanese community in Amman met at Jadal cultural centre in July to commemorate those killed during a violent crackdown on Sudanese protesters on 3 June (photo: Marta Vidal)

Sudan in transition

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Darfur refugees dream of return

Bidoons demonstrate for Kuwaiti citizenship (photo: Getty Images/AFP/Y. Al Zayyat)

Disenfranchised in the Gulf

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The Bedoons – Kuwait's stateless minority

Women belonging to the All India Muslim Personal Law Board protest against the triple talaq or instant divorce bill in 2018 (photo: picture-alliance/Pacific Press/S. Saha)

Instant Islamic divorce in India

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Triple talaq ban divides Muslims

Anti-Assad protests in Syria, 2012 (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/K. Elfiqi)

Assad & Baʹath party rule

About Syria, which is no more

Emirati activist Ahmed Mansoor, currently imprisoned (screenshot: YouTube)

Political activism in the Gulf

The UAEʹs policy of zero tolerance

Cover of "Der Inspizierte Muslim. Zur Politisierung der Islamforschung in Europa" (edited by Schirin Amir-Moazami; published in German by Transcript)

The politicisation of Islam scholarship in Europe

Muslims under scrutiny

Islamic scholar and writer Stefan Weidner (photo: private)

Interview with Islamic scholar Stefan Weidner

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Thinking outside the Western box

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

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