Topic: History of Islam

Muslim woman in a Sufi shrine: The role of female scholars in the transmission of traditional knowledge in Islam has long been underestimated (photo: Imago/Saqib Majeed)

Female scholars in Islam

Unsung guardians of the 'true' tradition

Umm Sameh peforms the music and dance ritual known as "zar", traditionally performed to ward off or exorcise jinn or evil spirits (photo: Khaled DESOUKI/AFP)

Egypt

Ancient 'zar' ritual puts exorcism on stage

Not yet legal in Germany: joint filled with cannabis (photo: Vincent Michel/Le Mensuel de Rennes/picture-alliance)

Cannabis and Islam?

There is no one single answer

Author and Islamic Studies expert Navid Kermani (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/S.Simon)

Navid Kermani‘s "Questions about God"

How do we believe?

A newly restored grave in the cemetery of St. George's Monastery, Mosul, Iraq (photo by Judit Neurink/DW)

Christians in the Middle East

Rebuilding churches in Iraq

Troops in Grozny, at the centre Ramzan Kadyrov (photo: picture-alliance)

Ukraine conflict

Chechen and Tatar Muslims take up arms against Russia

Sufi Mysteries Quartet montage, showing the covers of all four books. The final volume, "The Peace", is due to be published in 2022 (source: Laury Silvers)

Laury Silvers' "Sufi Mysteries Quartet"

Sleuths on a Sufi path

A page from the ancient Timbuktu manuscripts (photo: Elias Altmimi, public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

"Mali Magic": Ancient Mali's manuscripts available online

During "dhikr", Sufis try to get closer to God through musical meditation –  here at the Rabbaniyya Centre on Lake Constance, Germany (photo: Julius Matuschik/islamimbild.de)

Islamic mysticism

A flute like the breath of God

Ali Kaaf's "Ich bin Fremder. Zweifach Fremder", 2021, installation, printed and milled aluminum composite panels, sprayed wood panels, metal, 280 x 580 x 160 cm (photo: © Ali Kaaf/Joerg von Bruchhausen)

"I am a stranger: a stranger twice over"

Contemporary art meets early Islamic high culture

Translations of the Koran in different languages (source: gloqur.de)

The Global Qur'an

Searching the suras

Ilker Kilic, left, as Mordo, and Asude Kalebek as Rasel in "The Club" (source: Netflix)

Jews in Turkey

Netflix' "The Club" and Istanbul’s difficult past

Symbols of Judaism, Islam and Christianity at Haifa's Holiday of Holidays (photo: Noam Yatsiv)

Haifa's Holiday of Holidays

The festival where everyone is welcome

Benjamin Idriz is imam of the Islamic community in Penzberg and chairman of the "Munich Forum for Islam" (photo: Astrid Schmidhuber/imago images)

Islam in Germany

Imam Idriz – "We need to allow controversial discussion"

Arabist and author Tim Mackintosh-Smith (photo: YouTube screenshot)

Arabist Tim Mackintosh-Smith

"Reading Arabic is a bit like playing chess"

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