December 16, 2011
In Turkey's largest city, a revolution is occurring in its mosques. A project has been launched to make the mosques female friendly. But the initiative is not without controversy. Kadriye Avci Erdemli is talking with one of Istanbul's Imams over the state of the women's section of his mosque. The small area is filthy and cramped. Erdemli is Istanbul's deputy muftu, the city's second most senior official responsible for administering the Islamic faith. She is in charge of a radical program to make mosques female friendly. “This is the first project of its kind in the Muslim world," she said.