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Sherin Khankan



Sherin Khankan (born Ann Christine Khankan) is a Danish imam, author, and founder of the Mariam Mosque, a women-led mosque in Copenhagen. She is also an activist on Muslim issues including female integration and extremism. She has also founded the nonprofit Exitcircle to support women enduring psychological abuse.

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Inside Scandinavia's First Women-Only Mosque

The Danish capital Copenhagen is home to Scandinavia's first mosque run entirely by and for women. The Mariam mosque is headed by the feminist Sherin Khankan. Only women can be imams and take part in the Friday prayers.

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Women Are the Future of Islam

In this revelatory book, imam Sherin Khankan addresses urgent contemporary issues such as modern women in Islam, radical Islamic groups, Islamic divorce, and fundamentalism, and she describes her own personal journey as a female Muslim activist.

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“Psychological Abuse Exists Everywhere.”

Sherin Khankan, 45, is Denmark’s first female Imam and the founder of Exitcircle, an NGO for victims of psychological abuse.

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Challenging Religious & Patriarchal Structures | Sherin Khankan | TEDxLausanneWomen

Sherin speaks as she's a female Imam and shares the stories left untold about psychological violence and religious control, and how to break the circle of shame, loneliness and abuse.

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The Rise of the Imama: Women-Led Mosques Are Growing

Negative stereotypes abound of how women are treated under Islam. But there's a new movement of women-led mosques who are challenging this, and making both Muslims and non-Muslims think differently about the faith.

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Realising Gender Equality in Islamic Marriages | Sherin Khankan | TEDxMünster

As the first female Imam in Denmark Sherin Kankan knows what it’s like to fight against and overcome prejudice. Women must be given the means to realize their fundamental right to equality.

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Is Sherin Khankan the Future of Islam?

She is a controversial figure – not just as a female imam, but as a woman who has called for the reformation of Islam with a feminist agenda. Janice Turner meets Sherin Khankan at Europe’s first all-female mosque.

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Sherin Khankan - How Can We Talk About Islam?

For today's guest on ”How can we?” we have Denmark's, probably Scandinavia's, first female imam, Sherin Khankan. Navid and Sherin talks about feminism, equal rights and the 9 theses of Muslim reform.

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Denmark’s Feminist Mosque Founder Challenges Norms

Scandinavia’s first female-led house of Islamic worship, where Friday prayers are for women only, is riling conservatives.

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Female Imams in Copenhagen | DW English

Sherin Khankan is the daughter of a Christian and a Muslim. In 2016 she founded a mosque in central Copenhagen. She wants to challenge the view of Islam as a religion that hates non-believers and combat Islamophobia.

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