Topic: Book reviews

Michel Abdollahi is an Iranian German conferencier, performance artist, painter, journalist and writer  (photo: Asja Caspari)

Interview with journalist and performance artist Michel Abdollahi

"People with dark hair always have to go the extra mile"

Miniature from the Divan of Hafez, a.k.a. Khwaja Shams-ud-Din Muhammad Hafez-e Shirazi (photo: picture-alliance/CPA Media Co. Ltd)

Professor Nasser Kanani on the Persian poet Hafez

"The joyful audacity of his spirit, the melody of his poetry"

Iranian Kurdish author and activist Ava Homa (photo: Sam Attar)

Book review: Ava Homa's "Daughters of Smoke and Fire"

Living with the sting of hatred

Author and activist Kubra Gumusay (photo: Imago)

Non-fiction: Kubra Gumusay's "Sprache und Sein"

Beyond the linguistic pigeonhole

Iranian author Shahriar Mandanipour (source: author’s Facebook profile)

Book review: "Moon Brow" by Shahriar Mandanipour

The angels of war

Tahrir Square's Mugamma Building (photo: MusikAnimal. Photo licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license)

Book review: Mohamed Elshahed's "Cairo Since 1900"

In pursuit of other modernisms

Algerian-French poet Habib Tengour (source: YouTube)

Book review: Habib Tengour's "Le Vieux de la Montagne"

True legends

Still from Haifaa Al-Mansourʹs ʺThe Perfect Candidateʺ (source: Neue Visionen Filmverleih)

Haifaa Al-Mansourʹs ʺThe Perfect Candidateʺ

When the patriarchy has better things to do

British-Sudanese author Leila Aboulela (photo: picture-alliance/EdinburghEliteMedia/Ger Harley)

Book review: Leila Aboulela's "Bird Summons"

The arc of self-discovery

Dutch sociologist Ruud Koopmans (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/gbrci)

Non-fiction: Ruud Koopman's "Das verfallene Haus des Islam"

Cherry-picking for a distorted image of Islam

Sama standing on ruins in Aleppo in 2016. She holds a placard which says "This is Aleppo. What's justice?" (source: "For Sama"/Waad al-Kateab)

Documentary film: "For Sama"

The girl from a country in ruins

The artist Elia, played by director Elia Suleiman, in "It Must Be Heaven" (distributed by Le Pacte)

Film review: Elia Suleiman's "It Must Be Heaven"

"Open the door, you ass"

37th Fajr International Film Festival in Tehran (photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Iran's 37th Fajr Film Festival

Politics collide with the big screen in Tehran

Philosopher Nassif Nassar (source: YouTube)

Contemporary political discourse

What can Europe learn from Arab philosophy?

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