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Promise of Mosque Unfulfilled in Athens

Muslims in the Greek capital can pray in a small room at a crowded cultural center, wedged between a clinic and a schoolroom, or in one of several makeshift basement venues. But government promises to build an official mosque for the city’s growing Islamic community remain unfulfilled, sidelined by opposition from the powerful Christian Orthodox Church and a small group of neighborhood activists. “There is no proper place for us to go and pray,” said Abu Yassin, an electrician who moved to Greece from the Gaza Strip 20 years ago. “There are thousands of Muslims here, and we don’t have a place to gather.” On this score, Athens stands alone: It is the only European Union capital without an official mosque. Full Story

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