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Bahur Ghazi (centre) with his ensemble Palmyra (photo: bahurghazi.ch)

Syrian oud player Bahur Ghazi

Hoping for a phoenix

Walaa Tanji, protagonist of the film "What Walaa wants", at the Berlinale 2018 (source: Berlinale)

Berlinale 2018: "What Walaa wants"

Against all the odds

Still from Umut Dag's "The German Child" (photo: Daniela Incoronato)

German-Turkish film festival defies the odds

Sending a message

Kurdish author and translator Kawa Nemir (photo: Murat Bayram)

James Joyce′ "Ulysses" in Kurdish

Across snotgrean seas

Joobin Behkrad is founder and publisher of "Reorient", an online magazine for contemporary art from the Middle East (photo: Joobin Behkrad)

Interview with Joobin Bekhrad, publisher of "Reorient"

Love-letter to Tehran

Author Samira Ahmed (source: Penguin Random House)

Book review: Samira Ahmedʹs "Love, hate and other filters"

A sense of not belonging

Still from Mani Haghighiʹs "Khook" (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Berlinale 2018: Iranian film "Khook"

When heads roll

Still from Karim Ainouz′ ″Central Aiport THF″ (photo: Juan Sarmiento)

Berlinale 2018: ″Central Airport THF″ by Karim Ainouz

Lives lived in waiting

Extract from the film "Sheikh Jackson" (source: YouTube)

Film review: ″Sheikh Jackson″

Pop go the faithful

Kurdish author Bachtyar Ali (photo: Bachtyar Ali)

Interview with Kurdish author Bachtyar Ali

"I only exist where my words take flight"

Soubhi Shami plays Elsewhere Bird (source: Theater der Jungen Welt, Leipzig)

″Der Vogel Anderswo″ – Elsewhere Bird

Nurturing empathy

Against a backdrop of Israel′s "Separation Barrier", women and men hold hands and dance the dabke. Their legs are chained together and a checkpoint stands between two of them (copyright: Mohammed Sabaaneh)

Mohammad Sabaaneh′s "White and Black: Political Cartoons from Palestine"

Punching through the glass

A.R. Rahman′s ″The Sufi Route″ concert (source: thesufiroute.com)

Sufism and Bollywood

A glittering antidote

Maya Youssef Trio at Musicport 2017 (source: YouTube)

Album review: Maya Youssef′s ″Syrian Dreams″

Hope still springs

Turkish actor Baris Atay (photo: private)

Turkish actor Baris Atay

Defy the dictators!

Faravahar is the symbol of Zoroastrianism, a religion based on the teaching of the prophet Zarathustra which originated in what is now modern-day Iran (source: Reza Sjadirad/DW)

Goethe and Zoroastrianism

The eternal battle between good and evil

Symbolic image of Trump's travel ban; international travellers arriving at Boston's Logan Airport are reflected in a door next to a no entry sign (photo: Reuters/B. Snyder)

Book review: a ″Banthology″ of short stories

Framing the dangerous nations

Syrian dramatist Wael Kadour (photo: private)

Interview with Syrian playwright Wael Kadour

A vehicle for integration

Libyan author Hisham Matar (photo: Luchterhand Literaturverlag)

Interview with Libyan author Hisham Matar

″You can't turn back the clock″

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