Paris could soon have a liberal and progressive mosque

Funds and premises are being sought to open progressive mosques in Paris. Two Muslim associations are carrying out the project and hope to create modern spaces where men and women can pray together. 

Sara Saidi
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The initiative is the brainchild the idea of Kahina Bahboul, a phD student in Islamology, and Faker Korchane, a philosophy professor. Together they created an association, and now want to open a place of worship open to women -- which they plan on calling Fatima Mosque.

"Nowadays, women are often excluded from the main prayer room. Fatima Mosque will welcome men and women in the same room. Women on one side, men in the other but both with equal access," explains Kahina Bahloul. They also plan on alternating between female and male leading the Friday prayers.

If the project is successful, this will be the first time a woman imam will preach in France.

Faker Korchane adds: "People will be welcomed even if they do not cover their head! He wants to show "how we see Islam". They hope they can find premises in Paris to establish the mosque.

A second project -- carried out by Anne-Sophie Monsinay and Eva Janadin, founders of Voix d’un Islam éclairé (VIE -- Voice of a wise Islam) -- aims to create a new place "if possible in Paris" where Muslim people can find a new vision of Islam, one more aligned with their own values. The Simorgh Mosque would be "completely mixed, with women Imams and freedom of dress" explains Eva Janadin. Futhermore, preaching will take place in French, to reach more people.

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  • Both projects, The Fatima Mosque and Simorgh Mosque, will welcome men and women and preaching by female Imams will be allowed. 
  • Both will allow freedom of dress. 
  • Both want to establish these mosques in Paris and are looking for funds and premises.
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