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Two Female Imams Make History; Oversee Scandinavia's First Women-Run Mosque

Two Female Imams Make History; Oversee Scandinavia's First Women-Run Mosque

It's true, history was officially made in Copenhagen, Denmark, when imams Sherin Khankan and Saliha Marie Fetteh oversaw a prayer, which marked the opening of the first-ever female-run mosque in Scandinavia.

This new historical mosque, known as the Mariam mosque, had a commencement service that was particularly significant because it was filled with women. This is "a rare sight, given women are often encouraged to pray at home or privately, or relegated to small, uninviting women’s sections at mosques."

And, according to what Khankan told "Women In The World," one of Mariam's main missions is "to challenge patriarchal structures within religious institutions," something they have already managed to achieve.

"My father is a feminist icon." she continued, "I wouldn't now be talking about female imams without my father, who always told me I could do anything... We are seeking to create an alternative voice, without delegitimizing others. We want the Mariam mosque to be a place where everyone can come, and we can flourish together."

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Photo Credit: Manyar Parwani/Sherin Khankan Facebook Page

Tags: Imam, Scandinavia