Topic: History of Islam

American author Michael Muhammad Knight (photo: private)

Book review: Michael Muhammad Knight's "Muhammad's Body"

The Prophet, a figure central to Islam's inherent complexities

Child in a Koran school in Tripoli, Libya (photo: Getty Images/AFP/MAHMUD TURKIA)

Rationality in Islamic theology

Muslims – believers caught between reason and revelation

"Bonaparte before the Sphinx" by Jean-Leon Gerome, 1824 -1904 (source: Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)

The West and the Middle East

Casting a long shadow – Napoleon's intervention in Egypt

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

Muslim racism and imperialism

Power and exclusion

President Erdoğan and senior Turkish ministers attend Friday prayers at Hagia Sofia, 24.07.20 (photo: picture-alliance/AA/M. Kamachi)

Interview with Olivier Roy on the conversion of Hagia Sophia

"Islamising stones is easier than Islamising souls"

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

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