She is no spy or whistleblower, but Seyran Ates is having to get used to talking to people in quiet, secret places such as this room in Mayfair where she has agreed to meet.
“I can never use my car now,” she says. “I miss being able to go outside on my own, that is a freedom I’m appreciating for the first time. The feeling of being vulnerable is getting more familiar. It is the way they are forcing me to live.”
Her crime, in the eyes of those who have sent her hundreds of death threats in the past two months, is tolerance. When Ms Ates, 54, a Muslim lawyer originally from Turkey, opened the Ibn Rushd-Goethe mosque in Berlin last month, she provided a holy place stripped of fundamental boundaries. Men and women worship together; gay people are welcomed; and Shias, Sunnis, Alawis and Sufis preach alongside each other to a congregation that includes people of all faiths and none.
Muslim feminist plans to open liberal mosque in Britain
Seyran Ateş, a Turkish-born lawyer and human rights campaigner, is visiting London to investigate potential sites for new venture
A Muslim feminist who founded a liberal mosque in Berlin, triggering death threats and fatwas, is planning to open an inclusive place of worship in the UK, saying a revolution in Islam is under way.
Seyran Ateş, a Turkish-born lawyer and human rights campaigner, visited London this week to investigate potential sites for a liberal mosque open to men, women and LGBT Muslims on an equal basis, and people from all strands of Islam.
She hopes to establish such a mosque within a year, and says her aim is to create similar places of worship in every European capital.