Athens First Mosque in 180 Years

The Greek Government has passed a bill for the building of the first Mosque in Athens since Ottoman Rule over 180 years ago. However, the motivations are ideologically motivated. According to Sotiris Roussos, who was a senior expert in the Middle East department of the foreign ministry from 1999 to 2003, “Building a mosque is a process of becoming truly secular. The church is afraid of losing its political power.”

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