Nationalists Calling for 'Clean Moscow': Planned Mosque Sparks Controversy in Russia

Nationalists Calling for 'Clean Moscow': Planned Mosque Sparks Controversy in Russia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 19, 2010

The leaders of Moscow's 1.5 million strong Muslim community say they desperately need more places of worship. But a plan to build a new mosque has run into local opposition which is being fuelled by nationalists calling for a "clean Moscow" without Muslims and foreigners. By Maxim Kireev in Moscow more...

Mosque in a Box: Inventive Imam Caters to Muslims on the Go

Mosque in a Box: Inventive Imam Caters to Muslims on the Go

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 17, 2010

What to do if you're too busy to make it to Friday prayers? An imam in France has come up with just the thing: a portable mosque. There are models for all price ranges, from basic to deluxe. more...


Tilting at Minarets: Germany's Anonymous Mosque Watchers

Tilting at Minarets: Germany's Anonymous Mosque Watchers

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 14, 2010

Reinhard Werner doesn't trust Islam. The 70-year-old German is part of a group which keeps tabs on mosques across Germany, monitoring them for what he calls an "intolerant Islam of terror." Over the years, he has gained a certain amount of notoriety. By Hauke Goos more...

Following in Switzerland's Footsteps: International Right-Wingers Gather for EU-Wide Minaret Ban

Following in Switzerland's Footsteps: International Right-Wingers Gather for EU-Wide Minaret Ban

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 26, 2010

Delegates from right-wing populist parties from across Europe are descending on Germany this weekend for a conference looking into the possibility of an EU-wide minaret ban. The hosts, an anti-Muslim German group, hope to use the gathering as a springboard to success in local elections. By Charles Hawley in Berlin more...


Far-Right Rhetoric: Germany's Very Own Minaret Debate Turns Nasty

Far-Right Rhetoric: Germany's Very Own Minaret Debate Turns Nasty

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 05, 2010

A small Muslim community in a western German town would like to build a minaret on its mosque. But the plan has triggered passionate opposition from locals, many of whom rely on rhetoric from the extreme right in railing against the "symbol of Islam's quest for power." more...

Finding Allah at Ground Zero: A New Manhattan Mosque Hopes to Heal

Finding Allah at Ground Zero: A New Manhattan Mosque Hopes to Heal

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 17, 2009

Ground Zero is just down the road, a global symbol of Islamist violence. But in a half-destroyed building in Lower Manhattan, a new Muslim place of worship has opened. The founders hope it can help heal the wound opened by Sept. 11 -- around the corner from where the attacks took place. By Marc Pitzke in New York more...


Mosque Madness: German Group Hopes for EU Referendum on Minarets

Mosque Madness: German Group Hopes for EU Referendum on Minarets

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 15, 2009

Just weeks after Swiss voters banned minarets in the country, a German right-wing group is hoping to use a new European Union law to hold a minaret referendum across the 27 member bloc. more...

How the Right Is Wrong: The Bizarre Logic Behind the Swiss Minaret Ban

How the Right Is Wrong: The Bizarre Logic Behind the Swiss Minaret Ban

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 03, 2009

Us against them. That is how Europe's right wing sees the Swiss ban on minarets. After all, so goes the logic, Christians in the Muslim world aren't doing any better. But the argument is the height of intellectual laziness. The two groups simply cannot be compared. By Yassin Musharbash more...


Muslim Integration: Why No One Protested against Germany's Biggest Mosque

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 27, 2008

The biggest mosque in Germany opened in the city of Duisburg on Sunday and has already become a symbol of successful integration. Unlike other mosque projects in Germany, there was virtually no protest from the local community. By Carolin Jenkner in Duisburg more...

A Test of Tolerance: Doors Open at Eastern Germany's First Mosque

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 17, 2008

After two years of construction and recurrent protest from locals, Eastern Germany's first mosque celebrated its official opening in Berlin. Crowds of some 150 people turned up to protest -- fewer than expected. By Ferda Ataman and Katharina Graça Peters in Berlin more...