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Tayyibah Taylor

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Known For: Founding Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, Azizah Magazine, Shura Council Member
Country: United States

About

Tayyibah Taylor is the founding editor-in-chief and publisher of Azizah Magazine, the winner of a 2010 Folio Eddie Award and a 2009 New America Media Award. Through Azizah, Tayyibah has realized her vision to provide a vehicle for the voice of Muslim American women – a vehicle that portrays their perspectives and experiences, and shatters commonly held stereotypes.  She blends her passion for spirituality, women’s issues and communication to further the causes of Muslim women.

Tayyibah has been named as one of the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World by the Middle Eastern think tank The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies.  She has appeared on CNN and other new media to comment on current affairs and she has visited 36 countries spanning six continents.  She has presented lectures on Islam and Muslim women at national and international conferences, including the Harvard Divinity School’s Islam in America Conference; the International Islamic University of Malaysia’s Islam and Muslims in the 21st Century Conference, the Empowering Young Belgian Muslims Conference, the Lecture Series at the women’s college of Shariah and Law of the International Islamic University of Islamabad, Pakistan, and the Fulbright Symposium in Perth, Australia.

Tayyibah has worked on several interfaith initiatives and traveled to Turkey, Spain, Morocco, Jerusalem, Greece and Jordan with various groups of Jews, Christians and Muslims. In Spring 2010, she was one of eight Muslims to meet His Holiness the Dalai Lama in an Islam-Buddhism Common Ground event and she was invited to the White House Iftar in August 2011. Most recently, she travelled to Tajikistan and Afghanistan to speak about women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship. 

Born on the island of Trinidad in the Caribbean, Tayyibah grew up in Toronto, Canada and studied biology and philosophy at the University of Toronto.  She lived in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for several years and attended classes at King Abdul-Aziz University for Arabic and Islamic Studies.

Tayyibah Taylor presently sits on the board of directors of Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters and she has served on the board of trustees for the Georgia Council for International Visitors and the board of the Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta. She has received numerous awards for her work. Tayyibah is the mother of five children and grandmother of five.

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