Culture

Fajrina Razak references the Kaaba: her cube of batik cloth was surrounded by a neon circle, thereby representing the artist's spiritual quest. "This was simply me trying to find my inner self, my individuality. The batik alludes to my Javanese ancestry" (photo: Naima Morelli)

2020 Singapore Art Week

Of spirituality in a contemporary age

Iranian bookshop owner Bijan Khalili from Los Angeles (photo: DW/Gero Schliess)

Contemporary Iranian literature

Reading outside the box

The artist Elia, played by director Elia Suleiman, in "It Must Be Heaven" (distributed by Le Pacte)

Film review: Elia Suleiman's "It Must Be Heaven"

"Open the door, you ass"

Iranian musician Kayhan Kalhor (photo: namaya.ir)

Portrait of Iranian musician Kayhan Kalhor

Cultural emissary and grand master of the kamancheh

37th Fajr International Film Festival in Tehran (photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Iran's 37th Fajr Film Festival

Politics collide with the big screen in Tehran

Still from"Tlamess" by Tunisian director Ala Eddine Slim (source: unifrance.org)

Film review: "Tlamess" by Ala Eddine Slim

Enchantment at the end of the world

Istanbul State Theatre (photo: DW/Pelin Unker)

Culture in Turkey

Is Erdogan purging Turkish state theatre?

Iranian author Shokoofeh Azar (source: wilddingopress.com.au)

Book review: Shokoofeh Azar's "The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree"

Straight to the heart

Excerpt from an Iraqi maqama manuscript dating from 1237 (source: University of Victoria/Fine Arts)

The maqamas of Ibn Naqiya in German translation

The picaresque poet from Baghdad

Iranian author Pajand Soleymani (photo: private)

Book review: Pajand Soleymani's "Immer mit Zucker"

Bittersweet life

Egyptian writer Tawfiq al-Hakim (photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Book review: Tawfiq al-Hakim’s "Return of the Spirit"

Awaiting the day of resurrection

Palestinian artist Mona Hatoum (photo: Imago Images/ZUMA/S. Chung)

An Arab reading of the Palestinian artist Mona Hatoum

Tea with the bogeyman

Mosul Light Orchestra gives a recital in Erbil (photo: Goethe-Institut/Samyan Shaboy)

Overcoming cultural divisions

"Iraq is full of inspiring stories"

Soundwalk Collective with Patti Smith (source: Bella Union)

Album review: Soundwalk Collective with Patti Smith – "Mummer Love"

Harar awakening

Turkish-German writer Dogan Akhanli (photo: picture-alliance)

Interview with author Dogan Akhanli

"The tradition of looking the other way"

Author Sherko Fatah (source: YouTube)

Book review: Sherko Fatah's "Schwarzer September"

Dirty war

Migrationsmuseum | Entwurf Hallen Kalk; Foto: krafthaus/ DOMiD-Archiv, Köln

Migration museum in Cologne

Recognising Germany's immigration society

Interview with Malaysian artist Nadiah Bamadhaj

Freeing the body from conservatism

Lebanese director Rabih Mroué (source: YouTube)

Interview with Lebanese director Rabih Mroué

"First, they all have to go. And all means all"

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