Aug 1, 2018
PART 2: DAISY KHAN - ONE OF THE MOST PROMINENT AMERICAN MUSLIM WOMEN.
My guest this week is Daisy Khan. Khan is the author of two books,WISE Up:Knowledge Ends Extremism (2017), which is published in collaboration with 72 contributors and Born with Wings (2018) her memoir, published by Spiegel and Grau, Random House. Daisy Khan grew up in a progressive Muslim household in Kashmir, in the shadow of the Himalayan mountains. After attending Catholic school, she was sent for high school to live with relatives in a mostly Jewish Long Island suburb. Ambitious and talented, after college she quickly climbed the corporate ladder as an architectural designer in New York City, where among other jobs she worked on the 106th floor of the World Trade Towers for Shearson Lehman Brothers. Yet though she loved the freedom that came with being a career woman, she felt that something was missing from her life. This yearning precipitated a spiritual search resulting in her marrying an imam, Feisal Abdul Rauf, and finding herself at the center of a community in which, as the imam's wife, women turned to her for advice. She embraced her role as a women's advocate: she has created innovative ways to work with imams to end child marriage, eradicate female genital mutilation, and most recently educate young Muslims to resist the seductive promises of ISIS recruiters. Khan created the first women's Shura (advisory) Council and started WISE, one of the largest global movements of women that works to reclaim women's rights. Khan emerged as a leader in the public eye after finding herself at the center of a national debate surrounding the Ground Zero controversy.
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