Culture

Scene from "Under the Moonlight" by Reza Mir-Karimi (photo: AP)

Culture and Politics in Iran

No Black Wave, After All?

Youssou N'Dur, according to the New York Times "one of the world's greatest singers" (photo: AP)

Youssou N'Dour: "Egypt"

Songs of Praise to the Brotherhood

Asfa-Wossen Asserate

"Vulgarity Is the Opposite of Manners"

Iraqis are keen movie-goers (photo: AP)

Filmclub Berlin-Baghdad

Bringing Cinema Back to Iraq

Concentrating on the music - for Placido Domingo Hezbollah radicalism was not an issue during his stay in Baalbek (photo: Christina Förch)

Placido Domingo in Baalbek

Opera Arias in the Hezbollah Stronghold

Africa is Europe's and America's mental slave, says Prof. Meki Nzewi, South Africa (photo: University of Pretoria)

Opinion Meki Nzewi

Globalization Made Africa a Mental Colony

Ahdaf Soueif (photo: Goldmann Publishers, Germany)

Portrait

Ahdaf Soueif: Developing a Euro-Arab Literature

Etgar Keret, the country's conscience, according to some (photo: BR Online)

Interview

Etgar Keret: The Ambivalence of the Wall

Ulla Lenze during a reading in Damascus (photo: Larissa Bender)

Interview

"I Have Been Shocked about My Own Culture!"

The Iraqi-Indian-German band "Lagash" (photo: www.lagash.de)

Iraqi Music

About the Comforts and Sorrows of Exile

Mohieddin Ellabbad, photo: Jürgen Stryjak

Portrait

The Skin Colour of the Artist

The Makhmalbaf family in 2004 (photo: makhmalbaf.com)

Film

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The Makhmalbaf Clan

Hassan Dawud (photo: Larissa Bender)

Frankfurt Book Fair

Will the Arab League Miss Its Chance?

Showing some spine: Frankfurt Book Fair organizers welcome controversy as became apparent at the press conference, 25 June 2004 (photo: courtesy Frankfurt Book Fair)

Germany

Building Bridges with Books

The new cultural center in Ramallah (photo: Goethe Institute)

Middle East

Bringing European Culture to Ramallah

Film clip: The Day I Became a Woman, The Makhmalbaf Film House

Iranian Cinema

The Day I Became a Woman

Immanuel Kant, undated painting from around 1800

Germany

Kant's Cosmopolitan Philosophy

Navid Kermani (photo: Pariser Hoftheater)

Book Review

Secularised Life of Saints

Werner Mark Linz (photo: courtesy Frankfurter Buchmesse)

Frankfurt Book Fair 2004

A Great Opportunity for Arab Publishers

Found in Translation

Literature as a link between West and East

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