Turkish mosques begin makeovers to accommodate, welcome women
PRI – Friday, 22 June 2012 (originally published 18 Jun)
In Islam, men and women are expected to pray separately. For a long time, in Turkey at least, that meant men prayed at the mosques and women, well, didn’t. But as Turkey becomes more affluent and Islam plays an important role in the government, there’s an effort underway to change that and welcome them at the mosques.
The project is called “Beautifying the Mosques of Istanbul for Women” and it’s trying to change how Turkish women pray.
Kadriye Avci Erdemli, the Deputy Mufti of Istanbul and one of Turkey’s highest ranking female religious officials, organized a study of 3100 mosques and was apalled by what she found . . .
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