Females in Denmark are knocking down “patriarchal structures” within religious institutions by leading their very own female mosques.
The group, who say patriarchy has become “normalised not just in Islam, but also within Judaism and Christianity and other religions” are hoping to create a debate and dialogue with the launch of their new space.
Founder Sherin Khankan said that all imams at the Mariam Mosque would be female. However, all prayers, except the Friday congregational prayer, would be open to both genders.
Khankan is a known commentator – born to a Syrian father and Finnish mother – who says she wants to challenge the idea of patriarchy by creating a space for the “Islamic tradition allowing women to be imams” to flourish.