Mirina Paananen was raised in Finland and the UK. She graduated from St. John's College, Cambridge in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies, where she also served as the university Islamic society's first ever female president. Thereafter, she completed a programme of traditional Islamic sciences, studying with scholars both in the UK and abroad in Egypt and Jordan, where she obtained formal authorisation in Qur'anic recitation. She has spoken on various media platforms about faith and feminism, including the inaugural BBC 100 Women Conference and Woman's Hour. She is currently a full-time mother of two, homemaker and part-time writer and editor, as well as an aspiring gardening enthusiast.