I had the privilege of meeting this remarkable woman last week in Osh, Kyrgyzstan. She was the principle at a group that educated women on the Quran and the goodness of Islam. Kyrgyzstan is a secular state in Central Asia with over 75% of it’s population Muslim.
I was invited to spend the morning getting to know the ladies and had the opportunity to lead a 2-hour seminar with them on radical Islam and Sharia Law.
Meeting and spending time with these strong women reinforced my belief that the extreme interpretations of Islam are currently the exception NOT the norm. More austere notions of Islam are, however, on the rise in Kyrgyzstan and appear to be attached to the younger generation.
My report will be aired this month.