Orta Jame Mosque

Batumi City Hall turns down request to build second mosque

By | May 13th, 2017|Categories: Minorities|Tags: , , |

TBILISI, DFWatch–The city hall in Georgia’s second largest city Batumi has rejected an application for permission to build a second mosque in the 150,000 strong city. In the largely Muslim city there has been a several decades long conflict about whether to allow a second mosque. […]

In pictures: Sunday prayer in Batumi mosque

By | January 16th, 2017|Categories: Minorities|Tags: , , |

BATUMI, DFWatch–One Sunday in December, Muslims are cramming into the Orta Jame mosque in Batumi. Despite a three decades long effort to get permission to build a second mosque, they still have only one mosque to go to despite the city’s sizable Muslim population. […]

Muslims in Batumi buy land plot for city’s second mosque

By | September 8th, 2016|Categories: Minorities|Tags: |

TBILISI, DFWatch–Muslims in Batumi took one step closer to building a second mosque in the city by purchasing a plot of land on Wednesday. The initiative group for constructing a mosque in Batumi on September 7 purchased a property on Abashidze Street […]

Muslims in Batumi present 12,000 signatures in support of new mosque

By | February 5th, 2016|Categories: Minorities|Tags: |

(DF Watch.) BATUMI, DFWatch–Muslims gathered at the Orta Jame mosque in Batumi on Thursday and presented over 12,000 signatures in support of constructing a new mosque. Orta Jame is the only mosque in Batumi, Georgia’s second largest city, and it has been overcrowded […]

Petition for new mosque in Batumi collects 5,000 signatures in one day

By | December 27th, 2015|Categories: Minorities|Tags: |

(DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Supporters of a second mosque in Batumi began collecting signatures Friday. The city on Georgia’s Black Sea coast is largely Muslim but the only mosque has been overcrowded for decades. Signatures were collected at a corner of the Orta Jame […]

Adjara government finds solution to overcrowded mosque

By | March 25th, 2015|Categories: Minorities|Tags: , |

Orta Jame (DFWatch) BATUMI, DFWatch–The local government in Batumi, Georgia, is buying two buildings for local Muslims, to try to solve the decades-long problem with an overcrowded mosque. There is only one mosque in Batumi, and it is unable to accommodate all the […]

Religious minorities in Georgia shortchanged due to prejudice

By | October 2nd, 2014|Categories: Minorities, News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Jehovah’s Witnesses have been subject to a wave of violent attacks in Georgia. (Interpressnews.) TBILISI, DFWatch–In the last few years, Georgia has had a surge in discrimination against religious minorities. A new report reveals that also a silent, invisible day-to-day form of discrimination is prevalent within government institutions and among public servants. […]

Mosque issue in Batumi remains unresolved

By | August 19th, 2014|Categories: Minorities|Tags: , |

Tariel Nakaidze, one of the founders of the Union of Georgian Muslims. (DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–Years have passed without a solution to the need for a new mosque in Batumi. The governments keep promising Muslims that they will make a decision, but according to Muslims, both the central and the local government are attempting to delay […]

Georgian government promises to solve Batumi mosque issue

By | July 29th, 2014|Categories: Minorities, News|Tags: |

Friday prayer at Orta Jame mosque in Batumi, Georgia. (DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–The Georgian government has promised once more to find a solution so Muslims in Batumi can have a place to pray. The only mosque in the city is too small to fit all the Muslims coming to pray. For decades, Muslims have been asking for permission […]

Muslims in Batumi hoping for permission to build new mosque

By | April 28th, 2014|Categories: Minorities, News|Tags: , |

At Friday prayer, the street outside is used for additional prayer space. (DF Watch.) TBILISI, DFWatch–For more than a decade, Muslims in Batumi have failed to get permission to build a second mosque in the city. The one they have is not big enough to meet demand. Every Friday, several thousands of Muslims come to Orta Jame Mosque in Batumi, […]

Adjara changes its decision to allow new mosque in Batumi

By | April 8th, 2014|Categories: Minorities, News|Tags: , |

Muslims praying outside the Orta Jame Mosque in Batumi. (Rustavi 2.) TBILISI, DFWatch–In Georgia’s southwestern Adjara region, authorities have changed their decision to allow the Muslim population to build a new mosque in Batumi, a city on the shores of the Black Sea. Tens of thousands of Muslims live in different villages and […]