Topic: Shia Islam | Shiite Muslims

Pilgrims receive a blessing at the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar (photo: Philipp Breu)

Visiting the Sufis in Sehwan Sharif

Defying the extremists

Supporters of Shia cleric Muqtada al Sadr in Baghdad following the election victory of the Sairun list (photo: dpa/picture-alliance)

Iraqʹs political future

Entering a new era

Lebanese premier Saad Hariri casting his vote in a polling station in Beirut on 6 May (photo: Reuters)

Election fallout in Lebanon

Co-operation is key

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (l) greets Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah (r) upon his arrival in Tehran on 1 June 2014. Kuwait's Emir started a landmark visit to Tehran focussed on mending fences between Shia Iran and the Sunni-ruled monarchies in the Gulf (photo: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Geopolitics in the Middle East

End the Arab-Iranian tug-of-war

Voting in Iraq – voters at a Baghdad polling station (photo: ABAH ARAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Parliamentary elections in Iraq

Shifting towards Iran?

"Al-Mushaf wa Qira’atuh", 5 volumes (published by Mominoun Without Borders for Publishing & Distribution/Beirut)

Critical Koran edition "Al-Mushaf wa Qiraʹatuh"

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Explosive potential

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

Lebanese schoolchildren attend a political Islam school (photo: AFP/raseef22)

Lebanon′s education system

The problem with political Islam

Mahvash Sabet (photo: private)

Interview with Mahvash Sabet

Lyrical flights

Iranian artist Parastou Forouhar (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Interview with the Iranian artist Parastou Forouhar

"Their audacity leaves me speechless"

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

Celebrating victory against IS in Mosul (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/AP/K. Kadim)

Middle East

Ending Iraq′s humanitarian crisis: Trust the people

Hajar Chenarani is one of 14 women to take up a seat in the Iranian parliament in 2017 (source: Hajar Chenarani.ir)

Iran and Saudi Arabia

Chalk and cheese

View of the Makki Mosque roof. In the foreground a student from the Jamiah Darul Uloom University is seen using his mobile. In the background is one of the minarets which the authorities recently had shortened (photo: Philipp Breu)

Sunnis in Iran

The Zahedan network

Typical Shia turbans (photo: FARS)

The Sunni-Shia debate

For clarity′s sake

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