Heeding the Call: Here Come the Muslim 'Imamahs'

May 29, 2010

Author: Ruth Gledhill

Source: The Times


Women imams could be leading prayers in British mosques within 15 years, according to a leading Muslim.

However, resistance from traditionalists means that although women may lead other women, it could be decades before they lead mixed congregations.

The number of female Islamic scholars, or alimahs, is soaring. Until recently there were very few. Now there are five seminaries for women against two for men. Hundreds of women are now qualified to advise and counsel both men and women in Islam.