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​Women’s Islam

· ​The cartoon ·

Rabat, January 2016: Ouman, a nurse for 25 years, and Fatmata, a 38-year-old teacher, both from Guinea, speak of a graphic reportage by Cinzia Leone, L’islam delle donne [Women’s Islam], which came out in the 7 February 2016 issue of Corriere della Sera in La Lettura [its Sunday supplement], Ouman and Fatmata attend the first Islamic academy for men and women preachers. It was founded last year by Mohammed vi, King of Morocco, to counter Islamic terrorism in Africa. A hundred and seventy-five of the 800 students are women who come from six countries of the Maghreb and sub-Saharan Africa. “I want to become a preacher in order to leave my mark”, Fatmata told Cinzia Leone, who is also a protagonist in the cartoon strip which was born from an interview which the Italian journalist gave to the Mohammed VI Institute for the Training of Imams, Morchidines and Morchidates (religious preachers) in Rabat. “I know I shall become a target of the Jihadists”, Ouman added, “but preaching the true Islam is my furrow to plough. This is all I want to do. Women nurses can be found, women preachers can’t”. And again, in the comic strip, Abdesselam Lazar, the imam in charge of the institute, explains to Leone “We need African women to stop the false calif. They study the Qur’an, languages, economics, the same subjects as men and in the same halls”. (@GiuliGaleotti)

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