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THE FOLLOWING IS AN ARTICLE THAT WAS FIRST PUBLISHED IN THE WASHINGTON POST IN THE WORLD VIEWS SECTION.

Founder of Denmark’s first mosque for women: ‘I will not listen to naysayers’

By Heba Habib August 30

A little mosque in the Danish capital of Copenhagen joined a quiet revolution last week by hosting its first Friday prayer led by a woman.

Traditionally, Friday prayers are limited to and led by men, and women are encouraged to pray at home. Some mosques have women’s sections, but those areas tend to be cramped and accessible only from a side or back entrance.

The Mariam mosque in Copenhagen, one of the few worldwide run by women, is striving to change that by limiting Friday prayers to women and generally maintaining the mosque as a space for women. The mosque opened in February informally for ceremonies, but more imams had to be recruited before…

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