Male imams should not have monopoly on presenting the Quran, says Sherin Khankan, a Muslim woman in Denmark, and she now advocates for a mosque where female imams are leading the prayers.
- We have a new generation of women who are skilled, educated and could be scholars. They should be allowed to speak and thus affect the dissemination and interpretation of the Quran, says Sherin Khankan, according to TV2.
Khankan is a well known voice in Denmark, as a social commentator and feminist. She is a spokeswoman for the Forum for Critical Muslims and has now started Femimam, an initiative for female imams. Khankan envisions a mosque only with female imams and she is also considering opening for the option that men and women should be able to pray together.
But her naive and utopian dream of equality in Islam, is effectively crushed when the bearded Muslim men gets to comment on her nonsense stuff.
The head of the Danish Islamic Center, Faith Alev, share neither her enthusiasm for female imams or her idea of common prayer.
- It's inspired by the Danish national church, where women increasingly become priests. One can not compare religions that way. It's like comparing apples and bananas. One has to accept that each religion has its particular way of functioning, he says to Danish TV2.
Sorry Sherin, maybe in a few hundred years, when/if Islam grows out of the 7th century?
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