Seyran Ates founded the Ibn-Rushd-Goethe Mosque in Berlin as an inclusive place of worship for liberal believers. Her efforts have resulted in attacks and death threats, mostly originating abroad. Still, her vision is spreading to other cities.
Can Muslim women and men pray together as equals? In Berlin, a liberal mosque housed in a Protestant church just opened. Many people are pleased, but not everyone. DW's Sabine Kinkartz reports.
Seyran Ates, the attorney, author and women's rights activist, has opened a Berlin mosque that preaches religious freedom and equality. It's a brave statement of tolerance in an age of increasing fundamentalism.
Men and women pray side-by-side, and there's a female imam who doesn't even wear a headscarf. For many in the Islamic world, these things are inconceivable. A new liberal mosque in Berlin has been causing a stir.
The hostile reactions to the opening of a "liberal mosque" in Berlin are no great surprise. They are not, however, evidence that Islam is incapable of reform, says Loay Mudhoon.
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