Muslim Women in Germany and the United States

February 20, 2019

Common and Complex Challenges

Bringing together an interdisciplinary group of practitioners and experts from Germany and the United States, this workshop focuses on the economic situation of Muslim women, the role of women in Muslim organizations, and the involvement of Muslim women in new media, technology, and the Internet. The reality that there are few studies or data on Muslim women in Germany and the United States points to a neglect of this minority group and of their important and growing role in society. This workshop aims to fill the lacunae in comparative knowledge about Muslim women and their integration and influence in German and American societies through transatlantic dialogue and networking.

  • 8:30 – 8:45am
    Lily Gardner Feldman, Harry and Helen Gray Senior Fellow; Director, Society, Culture & Politics Program, AICGS
  • 8:45 - 10:45am
    Panel 1: The Economic Situation of Muslim Women
    Rama Issa-Ibrahim, Executive Director, Arab American Association of New York
    Dilek Topkara, Entrepreneur, Café Dilekerei, Berlin
    Comments and Moderator: Fahmida Aziz, Owner, Serengeti Design Studios, Long Island, New York
  • 10:45 – 11:00am
    Coffee Break
  • 11:00am – 1:00pm
    Panel 2: The Role of Women in Muslim Organizations
    Dalia Mogahed, Director of Research, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, Washington, DC
    Pinar Iskender Cetin, Director, German Islam Academy (Deutsche Islam Akademie e.V.), Berlin
    Comments and Moderator: Ufuk Topkara, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Virginia
  • 1:00 – 2:00pm
  • 2:00 – 4:00pm
    Panel 3: The Consequences of Social Media and the Internet
    Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, Founder and Editor,, New York
    Soufeina Hamed, Psychologist, Comic Artist and Illustrator, Berlin
    Comments and Moderator: Shahed Amanullah, Co-founder & CTO, Affinis Labs, Washington, DC
  • 4:00 – 5:00pm
    Elisabeth Becker, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Virginia



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