Essays

Protests against the miserable economic situation in Tunis in December 2020 (photo: Fethi Belaid/AFP/Getty Images)

Arab world

"The people aren't ready" – can Arabs do democracy?

Attacks on 11 September 2001 in New York (photo: Imago/Zuma Press)

9/11 twenty years on

How the 'War on Terror' destabilised the Middle East

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan meets with Taliban leaders (photo: Pakistan Prime minister office/AFP)

Afghanistan and its neighbours

Is the Taliban takeover still in Pakistan's interest?

Three smiling men wearing different religious attire in the colours of the Indian flag (photo: Imago/Indiapicture)

Faith and religious tolerance in India

Where tolerance and segregation go hand in hand

Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during a joint statement with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Tuesday, May 25, 2021, in West Bank city of Ramallah (photo: AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool)

Promoting human rights in the Middle East

The U.S. and Arab hearts and minds – an impossible task?

Algerian Islamic scholar Said Djabelkhir was sentenced to three years in prison for "insulting Islam" (photo: Ryad Kramdi/AFP)

Interview with the Algerian scholar Said Djabelkhir

What we Muslims need is a critical appraisal of Islamic law

Middle East demonstration, Berlin (photo: Dirk Knofeld/dpa/picture-alliance)

Germany and the Middle East conflict

A parallel universe between the Jordan and the Med

German philosopher Juergen Habermas (photo: Getty Images/AFP/L. Gouliamaki)

Habermas, the Sheikh Zayed Award and Arab reactions

Habermas and the contradictions of the Arab intellectual

Archive photo of sociologist and philosopher Juergen Habermas (photo: Janine Schmitz/photothek/imago images)

German angst and the Sheikh Zayed Book Award

Habermas, philosopher of communication, rejects dialogue

Street scene in Cairo: A father rides a motorbike with his five children (photo: picture alliance/ dpa/ Matthias Toedt)

Overpopulation and Sisi regime propaganda

Egypt's people – nothing but a burden and a nuisance

Protestors hold banners in support of journalists and free speech in New Delhi, India, 3 February 2021 (photo: AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Eroding confidence in the Fourth Estate

Narendra Modi declares war on India's free press

Islamist activists carry placards against Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman who was released in 2018 after spending eight years on death row for blasphemy; Karachi, 21 November 2018 (photo: Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty Images)

Execution for a Facebook post?

Why blasphemy is a capital offence in some Muslim countries

Lebanese author Elias Khoury (photo: imago/ZUMA Press)

Author and critic Elias Khoury

"Lebanon has always rebelled against political repression"

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