New Liberal Mosque Led By A Woman Opens In Berlin

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Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit STACEY VANEK SMITH, HOST: There's an unusual mosque in Berlin where women preach and lead Friday prayers for worshippers of both sexes. The Turkish-born founder of the mosque says her goal is to create a safe place for progressive Muslims to worship. But as NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson reports from Berlin, some German-Muslim scholars are criticizing the effort and worry it will backfire. UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: (Speaking Arabic). SORAYA SARHADDI NELSON, BYLINE: You can barely hear the young woman who is nervously leading Muslim prayers on a recent Friday for a half-dozen male and female congregants. It's probably a case of stage fright, given that she's being watched by a roomful of journalists and other observers...

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