Topic: History of Islam

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?

Fehmi Jadaane is one of the Arab world's leading intellectuals, philosophers and reform thinkers. He lectures in Islamic philosophy in Jordan, France and Kuwait and has published numerous books on political thought in Islam (photo: screenshot Alaraby TV/YouTube)

Interview with pioneering Islamic thinker Fehmi Jadaane

What is the essence of Islam, and does it need reforming?

Islamic reformer Muhammad Rashid Rida and his publication Al-Manar (source: Wikipedia)

Review of Leor Halevi's "Modern Things on Trial"

Bottom-up fatwas – Rashid Rida and laissez-faire Salafism

Saudi Arabia: The city of Jeddah in 1903 (Photo: imago images/United Archives International)

Non-fiction: Ulrike Freitag's "A History of Jeddah"

The legacy of Jeddah's migration history lives on

Egypt's pyramids and the Sphinx spectacularly floodlit (photo: DW)

COVID-19 on the Nile

One Egyptian's dream of a brave, new, post-coronavirus world

Hajj in 2019: Believers in prayer gather round the Kaaba in Mecca (photo: Reuters/W. Ali)

Muslims and the COVID-19 pandemic

No pilgrims in times of coronavirus?

Founding members of The Moorish Science Temple of America (source: www.moorishsciencetempleofamerica.info)

Book review: Jacob S. Dormanʹs ʺThe Princess and the Prophetʺ

Birthing America's Nation of Islam

Algerian-French poet Habib Tengour (source: YouTube)

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

True legends

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

Iranians in Kerman mourn the death of Qassem Soleimani, head of the Revolutionary Guard, killed in a U.S. drone strike, January 2020 (photo: Getty Images/AFP)

The longest duel

Iran and the USA square off

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

Professor of Islamic Theology James Morris (photo: HakanIST/Wikipedia/Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0))

Interview with James Morris

Ibn Arabi's vision for a fully human global civilisation

Christmas tree in bubble (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/Naupold)

A Christmas meditation: What Muslims and Christians share

Moroccan political scientist Hassan Aourid (photo: private)

Interview with the Moroccan thinker Hassan Aourid

Democracy cannot be stopped

Iraqi women protest in Basra, 7 September 2018 (photo: Reuters/A. Al-Marjani)

Patriarchy and governance

Iraq's token females

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