The Attitudes of Imams towards the Inclusion of Women in Mosque Activities

Melbourne University Press
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Challenging Identities: Muslim Women in Australia, 2010, First, pp. 9 - 29
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The main purpose of the mosque survey was to identify 'women-friendly' mosques where Muslim women could feel com-fortable coming to pray, to listen to the Friday khutbah (sermon) and to have access to teaching, 'counselling and spiritual guidance. For this purpose, researchers looked at the physical facilities provided at each mosque, including the size and quality of space available for women for prayer, ease of ·access, ease of hearing and following the service, provision of wudu (washing) facilities and' provision made for the disabled and women with small children.' The purpose of the survey of imams that followed on from the mosque survey was to determine whether imams supported the participation of women in the mosques and religious life of their communities, and what step they were taking to educate their congregations in matters of importance of women. This chapter describes the findings of these suverys.
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