Essays

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"

Syrian dissident and political analyst Yassin al-Haj Saleh (photo: Maizar Matar)

The legacy of the Arab Spring

"The Syrian revolution is resumable today and tomorrow"

The poster of a demonstrator against Islamophobia in Paris reads: "Let Muslims have their faith" (photo: Getty Images/ AFP)

"An Imaginary Racism: Islamophobia and Guilt"

Deeply ignorant – Pascal Bruckner's hateful verbal crusade

French President Emmanuel Macron with the Lebanese singer Nouhad Haddad, known as Fairouz, Beirut, 1 September 2020 (photo: Soazig de la Moissonniere/Présidence de la République)

Culture and innovation in the Arab world

Where are the new Arab icons?

People watch a TV broadcast of Narendra Modi leading the Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan ceremony in Ayodhya (photo: Getty Images/AFP/P. Singh)

Dispute about the temple to Lord Ram in Ayodhya

The end of India's post-colonial consensus

Libyan women celebrate in Tripoli on 20 October 2011 after the announcement of the death of Libyan strongman and long-term dictator Muammar Gaddafi (photo: Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images)

Civil society held hostage by corruption and murder

Libya's peace process doomed to failure without its women

"Prayer in Cairo" by Jean-Leon Gerome (source: Kunsthalle Hamburg [[File:Prayer in Cairo 1865.jpg|Prayer in Cairo 1865]] https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Prayer_in_Cairo_1865.jpg)

Authoritarianism and underdevelopment in the Islamic world

Islamic clerics and statesmen in an unholy alliance

Germany: AfD election poster against the supposed Islamisation of society in Cologne (photo: picture-alliance/Geisler-fotopresse)

Criticism of Islam versus Islamophobia in Europa

AfD's religious criticism is simply Muslim-bashing in disguise

Disinfection measures against the coronavirus in Iran (photo: picture-alliance/AP/V. Salemi)

COVID-19 and terrorism

9/11, coronavirus – epochal events that force a re-think

A man looks out of the window of his damaged apartment in downtown Beirut at the destruction caused by the explosion in Beirut Port, 14.08.2020 (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/M. Naamani)

Overcoming fear and mistrust

Processing Lebanon's long legacy of collective trauma

Manacles (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/B. Pedersen)

Muslim racism and imperialism

Power and exclusion

Demonstration against racism in Tunisia (photo: Getty Images/AFP/F. Belaid)

Black Lives Matter in Egypt

The controversy surrounding racism – are Arabs racist?

Muslim Brotherhood supporters in Cairo (photo: Awad Awad/AFP/Getty Images)

Discourse and our terms of reference

Politics and religion in Islam – one world or two?

Vice President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini (photo: picture-alliance/abaca/D. Aydemir)

Listening to the pandemic

Federica Mogherini asks what we can learn from coronavirus

Countless migrants gather at the blocked Turkish-Greek border crossing near Edirne (photo: picture-alliance)

Refugee crisis on the Greek-Turkish border

Europe's liberal warriors put democracy to the sword

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