Board Members

Jonas Mirza. Jonas Mirza is a student, 1992. By drawing on Islamic sources the Mariam Mosque breaks with a patriarchal-designed interpretation of the Quran, which both challenges contemporary monolithic ideas of Islam and opens a religious space for the many Muslims looking for a place that embraces the Islamic values which shapes the foundation of the mosque. With this view, Jonas is devoted to the Mariam Mosque in working to challenge patriarchal interpretations of Islam. Jonas has written current affairs relating to Islam in Denmark such as,Sara Omar – en sikkelse, der samler Danmark

 

Sherin Khankan. Lecturer, author, columnist and activist. Sherin holds an MA. in Sociology of Religion and Philosophy from University of Copenhagen and Specialized in contemporary Islamic activism in The Middle East. Sherin also learnt Arabic language at Copenhagen University, Cairo and Damascus University and Islamic spiritual care, Copenhagen University, Faculty of Thelogy. Other than acting as an imamah at Mariam Mosque, Sherin is founder and CEO of The Exitcircle, an NGO which provides self help-groups for people subjected to psychological violence.

As author Sherin has published “Islam and reconciliation – a public matter” (2006, Lindhardt and Ringhof, DK), “Islam and Muslims- Religion-Culture-Society” (2010, Pantheon, DK), “Paradise lies under the feet of the mother” (2011, Haase & Søn, DK), “La Femme est l’avenir de l’Islam- Le combat d’une Imame” (2017, Stock, France), “Women are the future of Islam” (2018, Penguin Books, UK).

Saer al-Jaichi. Saer is a researcher and associate professor on Islamic studies at the University of Copenhagen. He specialises in Islamic and Arabic philosophy, civilisation and society. Some of Saer’s publications include “Averröes’ Footsteps: Conversation between Religion and Philosophy” and “The Early Philosophical Sufism”. Vice chairman and teacher of the Mariam Mosque Islamic Academy (MIA).

Aliah Ali. Muslim feminist with background in Muslim Family Law in Malaysia. Aliah believes in the reconcilability between Islam and human rights and Islam and women’s rights. Through her involvement with Mariam Mosque, Aliah aims to bring the issues of Muslim women’s rights to the frontier of Islamic and rights discourse in Europe.

Mavish Ahmad. Phd. holder in state violence on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Mahvish is also the co-convener for the Cambridge Critical Theory & Practice Seminar Series and co-founder and partner of the Critical Pakistan Research Cluster in Cambridge with Arif Naveed (Cambridge). Besides her PhD degree, Mahvish is an independent journalist and political organizer.

Amina Elmi. Danish-Somali poet and imam. Amina aims to raise awareness of Islamic tradition and its historical connection to spirituality and art. Through Amina’s involvement with the mosque, she aims to create a space to highlight female voices in the classical text cannon and the recitation of the Qur’an.