Topic: Literature

An armed Iraqi guards the excavation of a newly discovered Sumerian settlement in Umm al-Aqareb some 300 kilometres south of Baghdad (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Between Tigris and Euphrates

Mesopotamia: the cradle of civilisation

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (photo: Klassik-Stiftung Weimar)

Goethe and Islam

Religion has no nationality

The English author of detective novels, Agatha Christie (1890 – 1976) (photo: Getty Images)

Agatha Christie and the Orient

When murder came to Mesopotamia

The Sudanese writer Amir Tag Elsir (source: Twitter)

Book review: ″Telepathy″ by Amir Tag Elsir

An author and his doubles

The German writer and Nobel laureate Gunter Grass (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/Gambarini)

Yemen: freedom of expression

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The intervention of a Nobel Laureate

The Afghan author Taqi Akhlaqi (photo: ARD)

The Afghan author Taqi Akhlaqi

The not-so-universal art of writing

French and Arabic versions of the novel ″Hurma″ by the Yemeni author Ali al-Muqri

Interview with the Yemeni author Ali al-Muqri

″Sex is the origin of all life″

The Iranian author Fariba Vafi (photo: Maryam Aras)

Interview with the Iranian author Fariba Vafi

"Cliches have no place in writing″

Abdellah Taia (photo: Hakan Lindquist)

Moroccan writer Abdellah Taia

Disenchantment and a hint of nostalgia

Martyrs Square, Beirut ca. 1958 (photo: Getty Images/Three Lions)

Book review ″Beirut Noir″

Chronicling life in the corrupt city

French crime writer Karim Miske (photo: Antoine Rozes)

The French crime writer Karim Miske in interview

″There are no simple solutions″

Cover of "Who the fuck is Kafka?" by Lizze Doron (published by dtv premium)

Lizzie Doron′s book ″Who the fuck is Kafka?″

″Only as enemies did we become friends”

Bremen publisher Madjid Mohit (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/I. Wagner)

PEN Centre honours Iranian-German publisher Madjid Mohit

Taking ″aerial root″

Susan Abulhawa (photo: Chase Burkett)

"The Blue Between Sky and Water" by Susan Abulhawa

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Love and suffering in Gaza

Map of North Africa (photo: fotolia)

Arabic Europe

The writers fated to "represent"

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