compatible. Many reform initiatives on the Wider Middle East are currentlyon the agenda. For Germany and for Europe, it is important that the Arabworld and other Islamic states take their problems into their own hands andproceed down the road to reform in line with their own ideas and possibili-ties, including women empowerment.I was impressed to hear the opinions and approaches to life of Muslimwomen who show commitment within their own society, who fight theirown struggle to find their role and place in their countries. They work, theypursue careers, they face similar problems to European women when itcomes to combining career and family. The fact that they are practisingMuslims does not prevent them from being conscious of the need forchange in their societies, nor from chosing their personal way of life in animpressively self-confident way.The exchange and dialogue with Muslim women from different parts of society continues to form a crucial part of the discussion about the ability of »Islam« to adapt to modern life. By the same token, the western countriesneed to learn how to accommodate the lifestyle and how to integrate thecultural contributions of Muslims living within their societies. An importantlesson learnt during the conference is that there will be no socio-economictransformation of traditional Muslim societies without integrating theother half of the population, women, into the reform process.