Founder and Executive Director Of Women's Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality and Member of WISE Shura Council
Hijri 1377-Present (AH); Common Era 1958-Present (CE)
Daisy Khan is the Founder and Executive Director of the Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality & Equality (WISE), a New York based non-profit organization which enables Muslim women leaders to create a peaceful and prosperous world anchored in gender equality and human dignity. Formerly, Khan served as Executive Director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement, where she spent eighteen years creating groundbreaking intra- and inter-faith programs based on cultural and religious harmony through interfaith collaboration.
Since 2014, Khan has confronted the unprecedented rise in violent extremism and Islamophobia by promoting interfaith collaboration and amplifying the ethical and egalitarian values of Islam. In addition to her forthcoming memoir, Born with Wings (Spring 2018), Khan has served as Executive Editor for WISE Up: Knowledge Ends Extremism, a 2017 publication she led in collaboration with 72 contributors. WISE Up is aimed at empowering Muslims and the general American public with the knowledge and resources to discredit extremist ideology and prevent Islamophobia.
Khan also appears regularly on media outlets like CNN, MSNBC, and ABC and is frequently quoted in print publications like The New York Times and TIME Magazine. She has appeared in numerous documentaries including PBS’s Three Faiths, One God; Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet, and National Geographic’s Inside Mecca. Khan has also contributed to The Washington Post’s “On Faith” blog. Daisy Khan's memoir Born With Wings will be published in April 2018 by Random House.