The founder of a liberal mosque in Berlin has been granted around-the-clock police protection after receiving more than 100 death threats in recent weeks.

Seyran Ates, a Turkish-born lawyer, opened the Ruschd-Goethe mosque in June to promote a liberal version of Islam. The mosque has banned the burqa and lets men and women pray side by side. The Koran is interpreted "historically and critically" and gays are welcome.

Ates says she has received about 3,000 hate emails per day, and more than 100 death threats since the mosque launched. Germany's National Criminal Police Office (LKA) is now offering an unusual level of protection.

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