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The Revelation of Fereshta Ludin

Reading and Discussion with Fereshta Ludin and Sandra Abed

In 2003, when the German-Afghan teacher Fereshta Ludin took her case to the Constitutional Court to file suit against the ban on wearing headscarves in schools, it sparked a nationwide debate on the right to practice religion freely versus the principle of religious neutrality. The Constitutional Court’s recent decision classifying a blanket ban on headscarves for teachers as unconstitutional has secured Ludin Fereshta a late victory. In her autobiography, she explains the background and motivation for the headscarf dispute, which she sees as a fight for the right to self-determination.

Moderated by Yasemin Shooman (Jewish Museum Berlin).

Read an interview with Fereshta Ludin on our blog.

Past event

Map with all buildings that belong to the Jewish Museum Berlin. The W. M. Blumenthal Academy is marked in green

Where

W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
Klaus Mangold Auditorium
Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin (Opposite the Museum)

About the authors

Fereshta Ludin, born in 1972, came as daughter of an Afghan diplomat to Germany for the first time aged 5. She studied in Baden-Württemberg to become a primary and secondary school teacher, but was not offered a position at a state school after her training because she wore a headscarf. Since 1999, Ludin has worked at a private, state-approved Islamic school in Berlin. An interfaith school project in 2012 won her the Three Kings Award sponsored by the Diocesan Council of Catholics in Berlin.

Sandra Abed, born in Berlin in 1976, writes non-fiction and youth books. She studied journalism, Arabic, and English. During her time in Oxford, London, and Dubai, Abed worked as lecturer and journalist. In 2011, she also completed training as a Life Coach at the University of Cambridge and supports people in developing their potential.

Where, when, what?

  • When 17 September 2015, 7 pm
  • Where W. M. Blumenthal Academy,
    Klaus Mangold Auditorium

    Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin
    (Opposite the Museum)

    See location on map
  • Please noteEvent in German language

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