Topic: Travels in the Orient

Three clay fragments bearing part of the Epic of Gilgamesh (photo: Osama Shukir Muhammed Armin; FRCP / CC-by-sa 4.0)

Treasures of the Ancient Middle East

Deciphering the first written language

View of the historic old town of Chefchaouen, Morocco (photo: picture-alliance)

The Maghrebʹs Moorish-Spanish legacy

Andalusia begins in northern Morocco

Mosque in Saveh, 1871 (photo: Ali Moujani, Golestan Palace, Tehran)

Historical photographs of Iran

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Into the heart of Shia

Faculty of Robert College, Istanbul, March 1892. Seated behind the desk is George Washburn, Principal of Robert College. Friedrich Schrader is fourth from right on the back row. He taught at Robert College from 1892-1895. Professor Alexander van Millingen is seated on the far left of the picture (photo: Jochen Schrader)

Portrait of the Orientalist Friedrich Schrader

One of Turkey's Germans

Cover of Jakel and Kaddorʹs "Syrien – ein Land ohne Krieg" (Syria – a country without war), published in German by Malik (photo: Lutz Jakel)

"Syrien – ein Land ohne Krieg"

Syria, as it once was

Faravahar is the symbol of Zoroastrianism, a religion based on the teaching of the prophet Zarathustra which originated in what is now modern-day Iran (source: Reza Sjadirad/DW)

Goethe and Zoroastrianism

The eternal battle between good and evil

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

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