photo: Marcel Khalifeh

Marcel Khalifeh

"An Iconic Figure of Contemporary Arab Culture"

The Alhambra, Granada, Spain (photo: dpa)

The Poetical Heritage of al-Andalus

"Come, Christian! Our Hearts Are Bound Together"

book cover "Farewell to the Harem? Self-Perceptions – Others' Perceptions of Muslim Women", Houda Youssef (ed.)

Houda Youssef

Farewell to the Harem

Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy (photo:

Re-Inventing the Taliban

"Don't You Believe in Sharia?"

Ahdaf Soueif (photo: Goldmann Publishers, Germany)

Portrait Ahdaf Soueif

Developing a Euro-Arab Literature

Performers: Nina Herting, Mira Kaspari and Mathias Eysen, Music and vocals: Hanan El-Shemouty, photo: ©

Interreligious Theatre Project

Jesus and Mohammed

Hayy ibn Yaqzan, the protagonist of Ibn Tufayl's novel, grows up alone on an island. In the end, he realizes that he can prove the existence of God but cannot understand his nature

Ibn Tufayl: Philosopher as Autodidact

An Arab Robinson Crusoe

Maimonides statue in Córdoba, Spain (photo: Jewish Museum, Frankfurt, Germany)

Maimonides – A Symbol of Integration

Respected by Muslims, Jews and Christians Alike

Indonesian Punk band 'Blackboots', photo: &copy Java Tattoo Club

Punks for Politics

Underground Music Gives Young Indonesians a Voice

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Kutlug Ataman's "Küba"

Stories of Thirst and Hunger

Around 130,000 soldiers fell in the battle of Gallipoli, in which the Allied Powers joined forces in an attempt to occupy the peninsula

"Gallipoli" by Tolga Örnek

The Birth of Legends and Heroes

Despite everyday adversities, a vibrant theater culture has since developed in Iraq, photo: &copy Theater an der Ruhr

Iraqi Theater

Behind the Backdrop of Terror

A tank in the Iraq war (photo: AP)

Embedded Journalism

When War Feels Like War

Orhan Pamuk (photo:

Orhan Pamuk Picks up German Peace Prize

Following the Intertwined Historical Traces of East and West

Five of the six Osamas (photo: Mahmoud Kaabour)

Mahmoud Kaabour's "Being Osama"

What's in a Name?

Simulation of the Kaaba-like sculture on St Mark's square (photo: AP)

Venice Biennale

Controversy over Kaaba-like Sculpture

photo: Film poster "Crossing The Bridge – The Sound of Istanbul"

Fatih Akin's "Crossing the Bridge"

Grunge, Punk and HipHop on the Bosporus

Guillotines, rolling heads and Jacobin apes – the French revolution as a funfair spectacle (photo: Theater an der Ruhr)

Roberto Ciulli's "Danton's Death"

The French Revolution as a Funfair Spectacle on the Bosporus

photo: Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany

10,000 Years of Art and Culture from Jordan

On the Origins of Human Civilization

Badran's architecture is distinguished by his reinterpreting and changing classical 'Islamic' building commissions - as for example the Palace of Justice in Riyadh

Rasem Badran's Architecture

Building in Context