THE CALL to prayer drifting from the spindly minarets of Pristina’s
Ottoman era mosques struggles to be heard over the din of the city.
Pristina is home to 22 mosques, but most are too small, causing
worshippers to spill on to surrounding streets on Fridays and religious
The lack of space has led to calls for the construction
of a large, flagship mosque here in the capital of Europe’s youngest
Muslim- majority state. The debate over this and other issues, including
the wearing of the hijab, or headscarf, in schools, contains echoes of
similar handwringing elsewhere in the continent when it comes to the
place of religion in public life.
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