Culture

13th-century folding Koran stand from Konya (photo: Museum for Islamic Art Berlin)

The Museum for Islamic Art in Berlin

On Equal Footing with the West

Can writers help overcome more than cultural barriers? Photo: AP

Dialogue

Literary Initiative Promotes Mideast Peace

Cover of Malek Alloula's "The Colonial Harem"

Malek Alloula

A Peep inside the Harem

Youssou N'Dour is one of the few Muslim world stars in music business (photo: Nonesuch Records)

UNESCO Music Prize 2004

Senegalese Youssou N'Dour Awarded in Germany

Abbas Beydoun, photo: Larissa Bender

Abbas Beydoun

"We Needed Honest Answers"

Meike Schlüter talks to the crew about the production, photo: Manuela Römer

Syrian Sitcoms

Religion, Politics and Sexuality Are Sensitive Issues

Mosque in Konia, photo: Markus Kirchgessner

Discover Islamic Art

Developing a "Museum with No Frontiers"

The Goethe Institute in Karachi, founded in 1956 (photo: Goethe Institute)

Goethe Institute in Pakistan

Karachi Branch Reopens after a Two-Year Break

Michael Kleeberg, photo: private

West-Eastern Divan

Michael Kleeberg's "Lebanese Travel Diary"

Abbas Kiarostami shooting "Ten"

Foreign Cultural Policy

Iranian Cinema - Beyond Festival Films

Apti Birsultanov (photo: Ekkehard Maass)

Contemporary Chechen Poetry

A Conversation with the Author Apti Bisultanov

Gamal al-Ghitani (photo: Banipal Magazine)

Gamal El-Ghitani

Of Bureaucrats and Intellectuals

One of the reasons why most people in Arab countries take little interest in the Frankfurt Book Fair is that the programme largely ignored the independent literary scene, say critics (photo: Bilderbox)

Cairo, Egypt

Hardly Any Coverage in the Arab Media

One of the reasons why most people in Arab countries take little interest in the Frankfurt Book Fair is that the programme largely ignored the independent literary scene, say critics (photo: Bilderbox)

Frankfurt Book Fair

Hardly Any Coverage in the Arab Media

Ibrahim al-Muallim, president of the Arab Publishing Association, claimes that Arab publishers have made great strides in the fight against censorship (photo: AP)

Criticism of the Fair's Program

The Difficult Issue of Censorship

Sanaa city - Yemen, photo: AP

Background Günther Orth

Young Yemeni Literature Is Looking for Its Place

Despite consuming literature from all corners of the world, the West often has a limited view of the "Orient". (photo: AP)

Essay Samir Grees

Translations as Caricatures of the Arab World?

Assia Djebar (photo: AP)

Assia Djebar

The Clear but Fragile Force of Writing

Beirut's skyline, photo: AP

Beirut, Lebanon

"Frankfurt Book Fair? Never heard of it!"

Book Fair Cairo (photo: AP)

Hassan Dawud

The Middle Is Losing Ground

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