Syria

Murder of 16-year-old spurs the Grand Mufti of Syria to call for legal reform
In Damascus women who identify one another by the distinctive way they tie their head scarves gather for meetings of an exclusive and secret Islamic women’s society known as the Qubaisiate.
In Syria Muslim female preachers will finally be able to emerge from the underground following a decision by the government to grant them official recognition.
Syria has broken a taboo by presenting a high profile study on violence against women, which found that one in four married women gets beaten -- usually by her husband or father.
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