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Throughout the ages, from the earliest days of Islam to contemporary times today, Muslim women have been and continue to be active leaders in their communities and countries across the world. This directory is a growing archive of leading Muslim women scholars, activists, writers, politicians, artists, religious and spiritual leaders, civil society leaders and more. Please contribute to this archive by suggesting Muslim women to be featured through our recommendation form.

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Mona Eltahawy

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Known For: Columnist and International Public speaker
Country: United States

About

Mona Eltahawy is an award-winning columnist and an international public speaker on Arab and Muslim issues. Ms. Eltahawy writes for Egypt’s independent daily Al Masry Al Youm, Qatar’s Al Arab and Israel’s The Jerusalem Report. Her opinion pieces have been published frequently in the International Herald Tribune, The Washington Post, and Denmark’s Politiken. She is a frequent media analyst.

Before she moved to the U.S. in 2000, Ms Eltahawy was a news reporter in the Middle East for many years. She worked in Cairo and Jerusalem as a Reuters correspondent and she reported for various media from Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Libya, Syria, Saudi Arabia and China. In 2006, the Next Century Foundation awarded Ms Eltahawy its Cutting Edge Prize for distinguished contribution to the coverage of the Middle East. In 2009, she was awarded the European Union Samir Kassir Prize for freedom of the press for her opinion writing.

Ms. Eltahawy was born on Aug. 1, 1967 in Port Said, Egypt and has lived in the U.K, Saudi Arabia and Israel. She calls herself a proud liberal Muslim. In 2005, she was named a Muslim Leader of Tomorrow by the American Society for Muslim Advancement. She is based in New York.

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