Topic: History of the Near and Middle East

Deceased Iranian singer Mohammad Reza Shajarian (photo: Tasnim)

Obituary: Iranian singer Mohammad Reza Shajarian

The voice of the poets

"Truck and Workers", 2011, by Qatar artist Faraj Daham (photo: Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi)

Art and liberation

Modern Arab art and the depiction of blue collar workers

A man at the grave of a victim of the Iran-Iraq war (photo: Hartmut Niemann)

Book review: Narges Bajoghli's "Iran Reframed"

Glossy nationalism to win over Iran's youth

People outside the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem (photo: AFP/Getty Images/Ahmad Gharbali)

A sacred site in Jerusalem

The new Saladin

Children climb on an abandoned Soviet tank in Mazar-e-Sharif (photo: AP)

Afghanistan's decline and long search for peace

A slide into war and chaos

Moroccan writer Aziz Binebine, former Tazmamart inmate and brother of Mahi Binebine (source: Twitter)

Aziz Binebine's "Tazmamart: Eighteen years in Morocco’s secret prison"

We were robbed of our health, our youth and our innocence

"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

Hagia Sophia in Istanbul at sunrise (photo: picture-alliance/Marius Becker)

Museum, church or mosque? The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul

View of the Tangier casbah (photo : Claudia Mende)

Tangier, Morocco

Of myths and modernity

Cover of Mikhal Dekel's "Tehran Children" and the author herself (source: W.W. Norton & Company/Twitter)

Non-fiction: Mikhal Dekel's "Tehran Children"

The Jews who fled Nazi Germany to finally end up in Iran

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?

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