Topic: Book reviews

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?

Iranian author Shokoofeh Azar (source: wilddingopress.com.au)

Book review: Shokoofeh Azar's "The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree"

Straight to the heart

Excerpt from an Iraqi maqama manuscript dating from 1237 (source: University of Victoria/Fine Arts)

The maqamas of Ibn Naqiya in German translation

The picaresque poet from Baghdad

Iranian author Pajand Soleymani (photo: private)

Book review: Pajand Soleymani's "Immer mit Zucker"

Bittersweet life

Egyptian writer Tawfiq al-Hakim (photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Book review: Tawfiq al-Hakim’s "Return of the Spirit"

Awaiting the day of resurrection

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad with his brother Maher (photo: AP)

The decades-long rule of Syria's al-Assad dynasty

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Psychogram of a Syrian dictator

Author Sherko Fatah (source: YouTube)

Book review: Sherko Fatah's "Schwarzer September"

Dirty war

German writer Guy Helminger in Sanaa, Yemen (photo: Guy Helminger)

Interview with writer Guy Helminger about Yemen

No ulterior motives, just tea

Journalist and author Charlotte Wiedemann (photo: DW)

Charlotte Wiedemann: "Now is the time for utopias"

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The end of white dominance

Iraqi author Usama Al Shahmani (photo: Limmat Verlag/Ayse Yavas)

Iraqi author Usama Al Shahmani

ʺIn foreign lands, the trees speak Arabicʺ

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