BERLIN, January 10 (IslamOnline.net) — The Protestant Lutheran Church in the northwestern German city of Hannover is organizing an exhibition to acquaint the Germans with Islam and enhance the integration of the Muslim community into society.
The exhibition, entitled “The Faces of Islam”, kicked off on Sunday, January 9, and runs through February 5.
Its program is the work of the female students of the Protestant Studies Institute in the western city of Aachen.
The mobile fair will move around 10 German states with the main focus being the everyday life of German Muslim women.
It organizes interviews with Muslim women, who answer questions from curious Germans about issues like hijab and how they can adapt to western societies.
In each state, the organizers give the floor to local Muslims to take about their faith.
They also schedule visits to mosques and churches to beef up the dialogue between Muslims and Christians in German society.
The exhibition is part of a wide-ranging project until 2007 and is championed by the church’s Islam and immigration department.
It invites non-Muslim Germans to attend seminars on women and human rights under Islam, fundamentalism, integration and the obstacles facing illegal Muslim immigrants.
The project further prints brochures like “Islam in Germany,” “Burial in Islam,” and “Muslims and Christians Worship One God.”
The church said on its Web site that the exhibition is a prerequisite to the success of the Christian-Muslim dialogue.
“The Protestant Lutheran Church is trying to bridge the gap between the different communities in Germany,” it added.
The church said the project is, in effect, a golden opportunity to discuss religion and express divergent viewpoints.
It said mutual respect is a must for peaceful co-existence between Muslims and Christians in Germany.