"Religion is God’s, but democracy belongs to everyone!" | Six lessons learned from Tunisia’s recent elections — Qantara de article which says Tunisia is ahead of other Arab countries| (Read in Deutsch and Arabic languages)

***** Read this article in Deutsch (German language) Politische Perspektiven nach dem Arabischen Frühling| “Die Religion ist Gottes, die Demokratie aber gehört allen!” ***** Read this article in Arabic language “إسلاميون وديمقراطيون عرب”: دروس من تونس للنخب العربية والغربية دروس التجربة التونسية: سقوط أساطير “الاستثناء العربي” ***** The most recent elections in Tunisia have made…

Photographing the Arab City in the 19th Century

Originally posted on ArtsIslamica:
In the 19th century, the East represented the realm of exoticism, fantasy and mystery. Literature and painting in particular used the lands beyond Europe as canvases for fertile explorations of the unknown and unlimited boundaries for imagination. By the latter half of the century, however, several pioneer photographers travelled to the…

Arab Comics: From Micky Mouse to Handala — Qantara de article by Anna Gabai

While Mickey Mouse is shrill and colourful, Handala’s stories are told in black and white. The Arab comic is an artistic and multifaceted form of expression. As well as being popular with children, it is also educational and it serves as vehicle for political criticism. Report by Anna Gabai Comics are currently experiencing a revival…

~Looking Back~ Three questions for Islamists — Common Ground News Service article by Mustafa Husayn, Abu Rumman imam of the Ibn Sinan mosque in Amman, Jordan

Amman – As an imam at a mosque in the Jordanian capital Amman, I have been following the dramatic developments across North Africa and the Middle East with a combination of high hopes and grave concern. The phenomenon of young people organising peacefully to demand political reform, economic opportunity and human rights is a source…

The History Of Coffee: Articles at National Coffee Association of USA Org which says the Arabs were the first to cultivate and trade by the fifteenth century

The History Of Coffee In the Ethiopian highlands, where the legend of Kaldi, the goatherd, originated, coffee trees grow today as they have for centuries. Though we will never know with certainty, there probably is some truth to the Kaldi legend.It is said that he discovered coffee after noticing that his goats, upon eating berries…