Society

During "dhikr", Sufis try to get closer to God through musical meditation –  here at the Rabbaniyya Centre on Lake Constance, Germany (photo: Julius Matuschik/islamimbild.de)

Islamic mysticism

A flute like the breath of God

Demolition in Jeddah (source: YouTube screenshot)

Saudi Arabia's urban development

The Crown Prince's bulldozers

The letter from MEPs says Egypt was third in the world for executions in 2020 (photo: Vuk Valcic/SOPA Images via ZUMA Wire/picture alliance)

Egypt – a human rights crisis

No more "quiet diplomacy"

Iranian men exercising in a zurkhaneh, or "house of strength", in Shiraz (photo: Marian Brehmer)

Iran's zurkhaneh bodybuilders

Praying in the house of strength

 In the 20 years since the Taliban last held power in Afghanistan, a generation of women -- largely in major cities -- became business owners, studied PHDs, and held government positions, now they are battling for their rights (photo: Rouba EL HUSSEINI/AFP)

Afghan women defy the Taliban

"My heart and body shake"

Probably the first sex educator in the Arab world: screenshot from a video by Sandrine Atallah (photo: sexology-clinic.me)

Sex education

The Arab Spring's greatest success?

Translations of the Koran in different languages (source: gloqur.de)

The Global Qur'an

Searching the suras

Protesting against President Kais Saied in Tunis (photo: AA/picture-alliance)

Tunisia's political future

Kais Saied's divisive online poll

Schoolchildren in school uniform in Doha, Qatar (photo: Hans Lippert/imageBROKER/picture alliance)

Political correctness in the Gulf

Qatar's textbook spring-clean

Children are seen inside their classroom as they are resume school while maintaining social distancing, Bhubaneswar, India (photo: picture-alliance/Nur Photo/Str)

COVID-19 pandemic in India

Enabling the rights of the child

Amal, a giant puppet of a young Syrian refugee girl searching for her mother, travelled 8,000 km across Europe, from Turkey to the UK, to draw attention to the plight of refugees. She is seen here shaking actor Jude Law's hand in Folkstone, England (photo: Glyn KIRK/AFP)

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After extreme drought not much is left of Syria's West Lake, once an important reservoir (photo: Daniela Sala/DW)

Arab world

Conflict and climate change drive Syria's water crisis

Students stage a protest outside the University of Sulaimani in Sulaymaniyah, Iraq, 24 November 2021 (photo: Fariq F. Mahmood/AA/picture alliance)

Young people in Iraqi Kurdistan

Turning towards religion or away from it?

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