Denmark's feminist mosque founder challenges norms

Sherin Khankan is one of five female imams-in- training at the Mariam Mosque in CopenhagenThe Mariam Mosque opened in March and held its first Friday prayer in August, when Danish-born imam Saliha Marie Fetteh spoke to around 60 women — just over half of them Muslim — about female scholars in Islam and women’s rights. “Talking about women’s rights is not a Western phenomenon, it’s an Islamic ideal,” Sherin Khankan — one of the five female imams-in-training — told AFP in a sparsely furnished room where the weekly prayers are held. Arabic calligraphy and Islamic literature adorn its white walls, but the sounds of a bustling Copenhagen street permeate into the apartment.

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