Topic: History of the Near and Middle East

Jaffaʹs Arab-Hebrew Theatre (photo: Katrin Franke)

Jaffaʹs Arabic-Hebrew theatre

Model for a democratic, secular Israel

Author Nathan Englander (photo: Getty Images)

Nathan Englander’s novel "Dinner at the centre of the earth"

Caught in limbo

Postcard showing the Hotel Majestic in Tunis in the 1930s (source: Wikipedia)

Book review: Daniel Speck's "Piccola Sicilia"

Little Sicily in North Africa

The use of the Arabic language alongside the Hebrew language was a matter of course for Iraqi Jews right up to their death, as the text on the gravestone shows: Itzhak Schlomo, died on day 24 of the Hebrew month Iyar in 679 (source: Facebook; Israel in Iraqi dialect)

Iraqi Jews

Iraqi Judaism lives on in literary form

The new Aladdin film starring Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Nasim Pedrad (source: YouTube; film trailer)

Hollywoodʹs flirtation with 1001 Nights

The Aladdin controversy

Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Social utopia on the Nile?

Sisiʹs new breed of Egyptians

German-Lebanese author Pierre Jarawan performing at the 16th German Poery Slam Championships in Heidelberg on 17.11.2012 (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/U. Anspach)

Book review: Pierre Jarawanʹs "The Storyteller"

Reconciling histories

Iraqi writer Nahidh al-Ramadhani (photo: private)

Book review: Nahidh al-Ramadhani's "The Hope Vendor"

A successive shattering of dreams

The discussion panel hosted by the ZMO with – from left to right – Bekim Agai, Charlotte Wiedemann, Ulrike Freitag, Mamadou Diawara and Claudia Derichs (photo: Anika Bussemeier)

Germanyʹs Islam debate

The need to meet Islam critics head on

The entryway to the synagogue in Mosul's Jewish Quarter is blocked with bars to prevent looting (photo: Eddy van Wessel)

Iraq post-Islamic State

The surprising survival of Mosulʹs Jewish quarter

Afghan-Lebanese-American filmmaker Mariam Ghani (source: YouTube)

Interview with filmmaker Mariam Ghani

The power of propaganda

Isabelle Eberhardt ca. 1900 in the Sahara desert (source: Wikipedia)

Isabelle Eberhardt

Writer, nomad and feminist

Revolutionary Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (photo: Reuters)

The summer of 1988

A dark chapter in Iranian history

Demonstrator protesting against the Mubarak regime on Tahrir Square in Cairo in 2011 (photo: AFP)

Authoritarian rule in the Arab world

Nurturing the Arabellion phoenix

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