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In 2016, Sherin Khankan led the first Friday prayer at Copenhagen’s all-women Mariam Mosque. Two years down the line, she talks to Alia Gilbert about finding feminist role models in scripture, spiritual self-care and the importance of swimming twice a day.

When Sherin Khankan established the first female-led mosque in Scandinavia, she was celebrated in the mainstream press for being a feminist activist in addition to being its imam. Khankan, however, makes it refreshingly clear that the two roles are one and the same. An Islamic scholar, she is an expert on the ancient primary source texts that swat away today’s patriarchal interpretations of institutional Islamic thought. “At the time of the Prophet, women were warriors. They were teachers. And, of

  • Words:
    Alia Gilbert
  • Photography:
    Hördur Ingason
  • Styling:
    Kenneth Pihl Nissen
  • Hair and Makeup:
    Line Bille

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  • Words:
    Alia Gilbert
  • Photography:
    Hördur Ingason
  • Styling:
    Kenneth Pihl Nissen
  • Hair and Makeup:
    Line Bille
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