The Islamic Republic and Putin's war
Iran's sacred mission in Ukraine?
The Holocaust, colonialism and mutual understanding
Time for a refresher in humanity
Data centre plans in Saudi Arabia
Is Google putting Saudi activists in danger?
Women and Islamic studies
Annemarie Schimmel’s pioneering take on Islam
Where's the Shia shrine in Ukraine?

The Islamic Republic and Putin's war

Since Ali Khamenei, Iran's most powerful man, has openly and unconditionally come out in support of Putin's war in Ukraine, logistical help is on its way, with an allegedly civilian airline playing a key role. By Ali SadrzadehRead more

The Holocaust, colonialism and mutual understanding

It is possible to write about the Holocaust and the crimes of colonial powers without downplaying anything. In her latest book, Charlotte Wiedemann focuses on the numerous blind spots in our culture of commemoration. By Rene Wildangel
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Saudi Arabia's brand new data protection law, which comes into force early 2023, doesn't allow data collectors to disclose personal data except when a government requests it for security purposes.

Data centre plans in Saudi Arabia

Internet giant Google is creating a "cloud region" in Saudi Arabia. It says it will protect users there. But digital rights activists say the firm will be putting the lives of government critics at risk. Cathrin Schaer reportsRead more

"If we want a shared future worth living in, I can think of no better preparation than reading Annemarie Schimmel," writes Stefan Weidner.

Women and Islamic studies

This year Annemarie Schimmel, the great German scholar of Islamic studies, would have turned 100. Unique within the German and international academic community of her time, Schimmel’s pioneering work was characterised by a love of Islam. A tribute by Stefan WeidnerRead more

Politics

Russian President Vladimir Putin with Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Ebrahim Raisi in Tehran in mid-July (photo: khamenei.ir)

The Islamic Republic and Putin's war

Iran's sacred mission in Ukraine?

View inside a Google data centre (photo: Conny Zhou/Zuma Press/picture-alliance)

Data centre plans in Saudi Arabia

Is Google putting Saudi activists in danger?

Kashmiri Hindus, called Pandits, protest with placards demanding justice after the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits during a rebellion by the Muslim majority in Kashmir during the 1990s, New Delhi, India on 1 April 2022 (photo: Mayank Makhija/Nur Photo)

"The Kashmir Files"

Serving up Indian propaganda

Society

Holocaust memorial in Berlin (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

The Holocaust, colonialism and mutual understanding

Time for a refresher in humanity

Symbolic image: a hand holds a cotton boll against the sky (photo: China Photos/Getty Images)

Pakistan

Climate crisis impacts Pakistani cotton industry

Islamic scholar Annemarie Schimmel (photo: Jürgen Eis/Imago)

Women and Islamic studies

Annemarie Schimmel’s pioneering take on Islam

23 March 2022: The first post-pandemic cruise ship to dock at La Goulette, Tunis, Tunisia (photo: Getty Images)

Tourism in North Africa

Tentative recovery, or too little, too late?

Culture

Noori & His Dorpa Band in the Sudan National Museum (photo: Yasir Elhassan)

Noori & His Dorpa Band's "Beja Power"

Defiant in the face of repression

Denmark: Opening event of the Flugt Museum (photo: picture-alliance)

Denmark's new "Flugt" Museum

Flight has a million faces

Jadd Hilal (photo: Lenos Verlag)

Jadd Hilal's debut novel

Women searching and yearning for home