Juz Amma: The Qur'an in Public | Free Word

8 March 2019
19:00 21:30-

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Presented by The Inclusive Mosque Initiative supported by Free Word


The Inclusive Mosque Initiative readings and discussion

The sound of the Qur’an read aloud is a cultural signifier used across media and the arts to indicate the presence of Muslims and of Islamic religious expression. But how often do you hear the Qur’an recited in public by someone who isn’t a man?

Named in The Observer’s list of the 50 new radicals of 2018, The Inclusive Mosque Initiative (IMI) believes that the Qur’an belongs to all Muslims and that women and non-binary Muslims deserve to take up more public space. Marking International Women’s Day 2019, IMI held Juz Amma: The Qur’an in Public, supported by Free Word, which saw peace activist and writer Madinah Javed recite the final chapters of the Qur’an in Arabic and English. This was then followed by open and reflective conversations with Madinah Javed and IMI Trustees Wasi Daniju and Halima Gosai Hussain on the significance of recitation as a tradition of liturgy. 

The event marked the start of IMI’s new digital sound installation featuring reflections and readings of the Qur’an by women and non-binary people. Listen to the trailer: 



Graphic Design: Denny Kaulbach

8 March 2019
19:00 - 21:30
£10 / £7 / £2

Presented by The Inclusive Mosque Initiative supported by Free Word


The Inclusive Mosque Initiative

Launched in 2012, the Inclusive Mosque Initiative is dedicated to creating places of worship for marginalised communities, spiritual practice and the practice of inclusive Islamic principles. Their events are held in the UK, usually in London. Founded by Tamsila Tauqir and Dervla Zaynab Shannahan, IMI was created with their experiences of exclusion and those of many others in mind. They currently host regular Friday prayers, seminars and discussion groups. IMI aims to create a family-friendly environment that welcomes people regardless of their religious belief, their race, gender, (dis)ability, sexuality or immigration status.

Madinah Javed

Writer and Peace Activist

Madinah Javed is a law graduate, writer and peace activist living in Scotland, with a particular interest in human rights. She is currently completing her Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at the University of Glasgow. Madinah is working towards reviving the sacred tradition of female Qur’an recitation. She set up the #femalereciters campaign on social medi

Wasi Daniju

The Inclusive Mosque Initiative

Wasi is a qualified person-centred therapist, and a photographer, focusing on photojournalism and depictions of lesser-represented groups. Her projects include ‘Re:Present – Portraits of Black Muslim Women’. Wasi is interested in social and ecological justice, and regularly engages in community organising.

Halima Gosai Hussain

The Inclusive Mosque Initiative

Halima has worked for a variety of Muslim organisations for over 10 years. With degree in Philosophy & Theology and an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from SOAS, her research focused on alternative Qur’anic interpretation methodologies. She is now a PhD candidate.



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