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Helping Germany by Helping Muslim Women
by Souad Mekhennet
They call it the "Saba program," after the German name for the legendary Queen of Sheba, who traveled from her home country to seek knowledge from King Solomon and to test him with questions.
And the mostly Muslim women who attend and also have come from afar say they acquire not only the education they lacked, or the German language they didn't know, but the ability to integrate into a society where the integration of Muslims is a matter of hot debate.
Shabana, a 29-year-old Afghan woman, says the escape from an environment "where men thought women shouldn't attend any school" was like being "born again" after years of suffering in a restrictive, arranged marriage.
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