Topic: Travels in the Orient

Indonesian Sufis perform a ceremonial dance on 3 August 2012 in Jakarta (photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Christoph Peters′ short story collection ″Selfie mit Sheikh″

Closer to the unknown

Johann Gottfried Herder (photo: dpa/picture alliance)

Johann Gottfried Herder and the Orient

Faith as silent spirituality

French philosopher Henry Corbin (source: Association des Amis de Henry et Stella Corbin) Cover of Suhrawardi′s ″The Shape of Light″ (published by Fons Vitae)

French philosopher Henry Corbin

Wherever the spirit guides

Iranians at a rock concert on Kish Island, Iran (photo: Mehr)

Iran′s image in the West

Sheer incredulity

French author and translator Mathias Enard (photo: AFP)

Book review: Mathias Enard′s ″Boussole″

In love with the Orient

The brothers August Wilhelm Schlegel (left) and Karl Wihelm Friedrich Schlegel (source: Wikipedia)

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich and August Wilhelm Schlegel

The Orient – so near and yet so far

The Feynan Eco-Lodge in Wadi Araba (photo: Claudia Mende)

Eco-tourism in Jordan

Guests of the Bedouin

Friedrich Ruckert (1788-1866) (photo: Suddeutsche Zeitung)

150th anniversary of Friedrich Ruckert′s death

Forget Goethe, read Ruckert

Hermann, Prince of Puckler-Muskau (photo: Wikipedia)

The Oriental adventures of Hermann von Puckler-Muskau

Prussia's favourite dandy

Photo of the author Evelyn Waugh, 1940 (source: Carl Van Vechten Photographs Collection, Library of Congress, USA)

Evelyn Waugh′s ″Labels: A Mediterranean Journal″

Egypt revisited

The last German emperor, Kaiser Wilhelm II (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

″Simplicissimus″ and the Palestine issue

Satire's timeless appeal

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

Agatha Christie and the Orient

When murder came to Mesopotamia

Dr Thomas Asbridge (source: BBC.co.uk)

"The Crusades: Holy War"

Illustration from the "Thousand and One Nights": the virgin Scheherazade tells King Shariyar stories to save her own life (photo: picture-alliance/akg-images)

Goethe′s fascination with the "Thousand and One Nights"

Mephistopheles spoke; Scheherazade beguiled

Still from "Queen of the Desert": Gertrude Bell (Nicole Kidman) recognises the soul of the Bedouin peoples and forges invaluable ties (photo: 2015 PROKINO Filmverleih GmbH)

Werner Herzog′s epic ″Queen of the Desert″

Hackneyed melodrama

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