The female imam at Mariam Mosque, which is opening at an undisclosed location in Copenhagen this week, hopes the new facility can be a modernising influence in Islam.

Sherin Khankhan is the imam at the new mosque and the driving force behind its creation. In an interview with Politiken, she called Mariam Mosque a "feminist project" that will help Muslim women.

"I have never felt comfortable in the existing mosques," Khankhan told Politiken. "The big new mosques are beautiful, but I've always had the feeling of being a stranger... [Mosques are] male-dominated and patriarchal places, where a man is at the speaking platform, a man leads prayer, a man is in focus and dominant. That's why we have created a mosque on a female premise."

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