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Did you know that some of the greatest Islamic scholars such as Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal, Imam Ibn al-Jawzi, Shaykh-ul-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah, Imam al-Dhahabi, Imam Ibn al-Qayyim, Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali and many other great Imams and scholars had female teachers? Even though it is not widely known, thousands of female scholars have enriched the Islamic tradition through out history. Shaykha Fest is intended to honor the legacy of female Islamic scholarship and draw attention to contemporary female scholars. At Shaykha Fest we will embark on an exciting journey into the past and learn from contemporary female scholars, thinkers and activists from around the world in a nurturing, non-cultural and inclusive atmosphere. Shaykha Fest in essence is a celebration of life, love and sisterhood. Come and join with us so we can revive this tradition together.


2015 Shaykha Fest will feature inspiring talks, health & fitness tips, beauty, fashion and empowerment panel. We are pleased to have Amirah Couture as beauty & fashion programming partner.

Event Venue: Crownplaza Hotel, South Brunswick/Monroe, New Jersey.

Event Date: Saturday August 15, 2015

Event Duration: 2pm to 8pm

Admission Fee: $40(dinner and light snacks included).

Registration: Due to limited seating capacity pre-registration is required. Please click here to complete your registration.


2015 Shaykha Fest Confirmed Speakers(click here for detailed bio):

Prof. Aminah McCloud, Director of the Islamic World Studies Program, DePaul University,  IL.

Dr. Ingrid Mattson, London and Windsor Community Chair in Islamic Studies at Huron University College at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada.

Dr. Yamina Mermer, Director of Always Receiving Noor(non-profit organization focusing on Qur'anic spirituality).

Dr Umeyye Isra Yazicioglu, Associate Prof. of Islamic Studies, St. Joseph's University, PA.

Shaykha Reima Yosif, President of Al-Rawiya Foundation and Rawiya College, NJ.

Dr. Heba Elkhateeb, Expert in Arabic Language and Linguistics, professor of English Writing and Translation at Rutgers University, NJ.


Mubarakah Ibrahim (Owner of BALANCE fitness Studio for women in New Haven, CT)

Rabia Chaudry (Attorney, blogger and social justice activist, MD)

Amany Killawi (COO, LaunchGood, MI)

2015 Shaykha Fest will also feature Qur'an recitation & Nashid by Salam Aref and spoken word poetry.

Overnight Accomodation:

If you need overnight accommodation at the hotel please visit the following link. Click here for Crownplaza Hotel where the event will be held. You must mention August 15th, Al-Rawiya Event to receive discount and book your hotel room by August 1st 2015. Booking a room with double bed and sharing(if possible/needed) may be a more economical option.

You may also want to consider staying at the Marriott Hotel located right across from the Crownplaza hotel. Click here to visit the Marriott reservation page.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us through email or 877-4-Rawiya.


“Through life’s rush
never forget compassion”

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