The girls at the madrasa say that by plunging more deeply into their faith, they learn to understand their rights within Islam....
“People mistake tradition for religion,” [16-year-old tutor Enas al-Kaldi] said. “Men are always saying, ‘Women can’t do that because of religion,’ when in fact it is only tradition. It’s important for us to study so that we will know the difference.”
August 29, 2006
“They teach poor women how to humble themselves in front of their husbands... but they’re teaching upper-class women how to influence politics."
The NYT has a front-page article about women's prayer groups in Syria.