Topic: History of the Near and Middle East

Woman praying in Djerba's Ghriba synagogue (photo: AA/picture-alliance)

Jewish pilgrimage to Tunisia

Faith meets politics on Djerba

Before the coup 2013: Egypt's former President Mohammed Morsi with his army chief Abdul Fattah al-Sisi (photo: Reuters)

Egyptian army and the Muslim Brotherhood

Competitors in common

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

Palestinian-British singer Reem Kelani (photo: Alexander Short)

Reem Kelani's "The Singer Said: Bird of Dawn"

Homage to the grand master of Persian music

Spanish Prime Minister Sanchez on a two-day visit to Morocco on 07.4.2022 (photo: Moroccan Royal Palace/AP Photo/picture alliance)

Morocco and Spain

What price Madrid and Rabat's "historic" reconciliation?

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

French-language daily Liberte was discontinued last week, three decades after its founding. The editors bid farewell with the title: "Thank you and goodbye" (photo: Ryad Kramdi/AFP)

France's colonial legacy

Algerians turn away from French

"El-Ekhteyar 3" publicity photo (source: Synergy)

Egypt's Ramadan series "El-Ekhteyar 3"

At Abdul Fattah al-Sisi's expense

A kaleidoscopic melange, from powder blue to periwinkle, and pretty much everything in between, crafts the cobalt cityscape (photo: Sugato Mukherjee)

Chefchaouen: Morocco's 'Blue Pearl'

Populist Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr speaks during a press conference in Najaf, Iraq, 18.11.2021 (photo: AP Photo/Anmar Khalil)

Reform in Iraq

Muqtada al-Sadr must court the political elite

Egyptian intellectual, reformer and cultural politician Taha Hussein (source: Wikipedia)

Taha Hussein, a biography

Modern Egypt's great pioneer

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