Tayyibah Taylor was in Ottawa last week on a mission to dispel myths and empower Muslim women. Ms. Taylor, the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Azizah Magazine, spoke to a crowd of fifty in the conference room at the Ottawa Citizen on the evening of February 25th. The event was co-sponsored by the Ottawa Chapter of the Canadian Council for Muslim Women (CCMW) and the Cordova Academy.
Ms. Taylor highlighted the importance of interfaith cooperation to counter negative stereotypes of Muslim women, which includes depictions of them as victims, terrorist, or the exotic “other.” She described her own spiritual and professional path, and using extraordinary Muslim women achievers in the U.S. as examples, she showed that Muslim women need not be defined by others’ negative perceptions, but can chart their own path of excellence.
A lively Q&A followed her presentation, and participants were delighted to have the opportunity to meet Tayyibah as the program concluded.
On Wednesday, Ms. Taylor was the guest speaker for the University of Ottawa’s Religion and Diversity Project‘s lunch and learn program, Building Bridges. She focused on dispelling myths about the role of women in Islam and explaining the rights of the Muslim woman within the fait. The audience of 30 was made up mainly of students and faculty of the university’s Department of Classics and Religious Studies.
Ms. Taylor had a number of interviews while in town. You may have heard Ms. Taylor on your commute home Wednesday evening when she was featured on CBC Radio’s All in a Day with Alan Neal. We look forward to hearing about Ms. Taylor’s impact on our community as print and web articles are published.
Read more about Ms. Taylor and Azizah Magazine at www.azizahmagazine.com.
Podcast interview with Ms. Taylor (6:41, 8.9MB MP3)
Tayyibah Taylor in Ottawa: