Morocco: First 50 women imams to start preaching in April

The Islamic affairs ministry is about to hand out diplomas of Murshid (religious guides) to 50 women and 150 men who attended an annual course to become imams.
The government decided this year to allow women to attend the course along with men for the first time ever.
The newly-appointed spiritual guides will preach in prisons and on television, as well as in mosques and Islamic institutions, the web site said.

A government source was quoted by the web site as saying that the decision to graduate women imams was taken to improve the relationship between religion and the family. The course they have just completed focuses on Islamic law, philosophy and the history of religions.

13 March 2006