Book review: Kurt Scharf’s "Halt aus in der Nacht bis zum Wein" ("Endure in the night until the wine") – A window on modern Iranian poetry — By Marian Brehmer on Qantara de

Iran’s contemporary poets are less well known in Germany than the old Persian classics. Kurt Scharf has now translated 32 of them into German. Marian Brehmer dipped into the anthology With his anthology “Halt aus in der Nacht bis zum Wein”, Kurt Scharf provides readers with an insight into the extraordinary role of Persian poetry…

Review of Leor Halevi’s "Modern Things on Trial": Bottom-up fatwas – Rashid Rida and laissez-faire Salafism — Muhammed Nafih Wafy read the book on Qantara de | Video

Leor Halevi’s latest work examines how Muhammad Rashid Rida with his pro-capitalist and open-market fatwas promoted a version of “laissez-faire Salafism” at the turn of the 20th century. Muhammed Nafih Wafy read the book In today’s media parlance, the term fatwa carries a lot of negative connotations and reactionary overtones. It has become a convenient…

Books: ‘Belt and Road’- A Chinese World Order — By Bruno Maçães | What does the biggest geopolitical project of our time tell us about China’s global ambitions?

Description China’s Belt and Road strategy is acknowledged to be the most ambitious geopolitical initiative of the age. Covering almost seventy countries by land and sea, it will affect every element of global society, from shipping to agriculture, digital economy to tourism, politics to culture. Most importantly, it symbolises a new phase in China’s ambitions…

New publication: A Modern History of the Ismailis – Continuity and Change in a Muslim Community, Edited by Dr. Farhad Daftary — Institute of Ismaili Studies, UK

The second largest Shi‘i Muslim community after the Ithna‘ashari or Twelvers, the Ismailis have had a long and complex history dating back to the formative period of Islam. Subsequently, they became subdivided into a number of major branches and minor groups. However, since the beginning of the 12th century CE, the Ismailis have existed in…