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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Wives of German Salafists Pursue Road to 'Paradise' - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Inside the Structured World Of Salafists' Wives

By Özlem Gezer and Barbara Hardinghaus

Salafist men wear beards, hand out copies of the Koran and cause headaches for Germany's domestic intelligence agency. But how do the women feel? SPIEGEL spends a weekend with two veiled women and learns about their vision of a perfect world.

Saliha and Reyhana stop at a kebab shop on the Bornheimer Strasse in Bad Godesberg. "Can we pray here?" Saliha asks.

"Sure, okay," says an employee.

The two women walk into the shop and unroll a makeshift prayer rug on the floor. The employee continues putting away chairs. It's 9 p.m., and he wants to close. Saliha uses the compass on her iPhone to determine the direction of Mecca.

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