Women to lead mosque in Denmark for the first time

Denmark: Except Friday prayers all activities at the Mariam mosque in Copenhagen will be open to men but all the imams will be female.

Founder Sherin Khankan told Agence France Presse she wanted to set up the mosque to challenge the “normalised patriarchal structures”.

She said: “We have normalised patriarchal structures in our religious institutions. Not just in Islam, but also within Judaism and Christianity and other religions. And we would like to challenge that”.

A similar project has been proposed in Bradford for British Muslim women.

Last year, the Muslim Women’s Council (MWC) announced plans for a mosque in the city to be run by women which were put forward for public consultation in August.