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Mahrukh Arif-Tayyeb is a French Muslim currently living in the UK. She holds a Masters degree from Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales – a prestigious School of Social Sciences in Paris. She has previously worked as a journalist for a french newpaper.

The newly elected Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, Zara Mohammed, was asked – quite aggressively – how many female Imams are there in the U.K. during the live Women's Hour BBC interview. Much to the interviewee's disappointment, Zara Mohammed explicitly said the question of female Imams does not fall within the parameters of her role and responsibilities.

The growing discomfort went on as the presenter insisted on putting her point across.

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