Scandinavia's first female-led mosque has opened in Copenhagen, Denmark, in a bid to challenge "patriarchal structures" and create debate and dialogue, according to its founder, The Guardian website reports today (February 17, 2016).
Sherin Khankan -- born in Denmark to a Syrian father and a Finnish mother -- said that while all activities at the Mariam mosque except Friday prayers would be open to both men and women, all imams would be female.
"We have normalized 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," she said.
Imam Waseem Hussein -- the chairman of one of Copenhagen's biggest mosques -- questioned whether there was a need for the project. "Should we also make a mosque only for men? Then there would certainly be an outcry among the Danish population," he told the daily Politiken newspaper.