Scandinavias first female imam Sherin Khankan is lecturing at Helsinki University
Women are the future of Islam. Islamic feminism and Muslim reform in The West
“9 Theses of Muslim reform” based on Islamic principles of justice
Date: 31th of August 2018
Time: 9-11 am
Place: The Faculty of Social Sciences, Unioninkatu 35 – AUD 116
Lecturer Sherin Khankan holds an MA. in Sociology of Religion and Philosophy from University of Copenhagen and is specialized in contemporary Islamic activism in The Middle East. She studied Arabic and Islamic spiritual care and is also a cognitive psycho therapist, activist and author of 4 books.
In 2014 she founded an NGO called The Exitcircle- Against mental violence and social control. Today she is the CEO and responsible for 40 volunteer workers and 7 selfhelp groups in Denmark combatting mental abuse. www.exitcirklen.dk
In 2016, Sherin Khankan and a group of Muslim scholars and activists launched Scandinavia’s first mosque ( The Mariam Mosque) with female imamahs conducting Friday prayer, Islamic ceremonies (interfaith marriages, divorces ect.), offering Islamic spiritual care, and leading an Islamic Academy. The Mariam Mosque works to challenge patriarchal structures in the leadership of religious worship and education, and to challenge men’s monopoly on the interpretation of the Quran.
In 2016 Sherin Khankan led the first Friday prayer in The Mariam Mosque in Copenhagen. A women’s mosque run and led by female imams. Sherin Khankan made international headlines (The Guardian, Le Monde, New Yorks Times, BBC World, BBC Arabic ect.) becoming Scandinavias first female imam and in 2016 she came on BBCs list of 100 leading female pioneers in the world
Sherin Khankan is the author of several books on Islam in Europe and in 2017 she published “La Femme est l’avenir de l’Islam- Le combat d’une Imame in France. “ Women are the future of Islam”. The book has been sold to England and Spain and this week the book is published in Finnish as well.
In March 2018 Sherin Khankan was invited to Elysse in Paris by the French President Emmanuel Macron for a private conversation about reform Islam in Europe. The President had read her book.
On the 27th of September Sherin Khankan will receive The Global Hope Award and be titled a “Hero” by The Global Hope Coalition in New York at an event with State leaders from different parts in the world.
Private she is the Mother of 4 children between the age of 7-14 years old and has a Christian Finnish mother and a Syrian father, who came to Denmark as a political refugee.