"East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet", said Rudyard Kipling. Wrong! In his column, Lewis Gropp looks into shared histories and common links between Orient and Occident, into conflict zones and commonalities. Lewis Gropp is editor of 'Qantara.de - Dialogue with the Islamic world', literary theorist, and journalist focusing on religious issues and cultural dialogue. His articles have appeared in 'Sueddeutsche Zeitung', 'Neue Zürcher Zeitung', on Al Arabiya, Khaleej Times, the Common Ground News Service, and MideastPosts.com.