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Aishah Schwartz

Aishah Schwartz is an American Muslim revert to Islam since April 2002, is founder and director of the 2006 established Washington, D.C.-based Muslimah Writers Alliance (MWA) and a retired nearly 20-year career litigation legal assistant. Ms. Schwartz is also a published freelance non-fiction writer and photojournalist whose aim is to counter misconceptions regarding the Islamic faith and members of the Muslim community. As a woman traveling in the Middle East, Ms. Schwartz's role as a civil and human rights activist has focused on the rights of Muslim women and the plight of the Palestinian people affected by the Israeli imposed illegal embargo on Gaza. She has also reported on revolutions in the Middle East as a Demotix photojournalist from 2011-2013. 

Author Articles

Pantsuit Nation

Pantsuit Nation Book: Divisions and the Audacity to Hope

It was Tuesday evening when I first became aware of the buzz surrounding Maine native Libby Chamberlain’s announcement that she intends to publish a book based on the collaborative contributions of the nearly 4-million member strong secret Facebook group, Pantsuit Nation, founded by Chamberlain during the 2016 election campaign. This morning I Googled Pantsuit Nation, clicked …


“One prayer in my mosque is better than one thousand prayers in any other mosque excepting Al-Masjid Al-Haram.” (Prophet Muhammad)

Madinah, Revered City of Blessings

What do you see when you drive down a busy Madinah street? Madinah is divided into several districts. Ann Reese, who embraced Islam on January 1, 1989 and thereafter adopted the name Anisah, lives in the district of Al-Khaldia. Born and raised in Northern Illinois, Anisah is grateful for the blessing of having spent the past thirteen years living in Madinah…


I believe that if you choose with a clear understanding of moderation, that you can find a combination from available burkini styles that balances religious practices and modesty.

Modesty, Swimming and the Burkini

I tested myself to see if I remembered different swimming styles. Once a swimmer, always a swimmer! It was an incredible afternoon, but one of the things I found so encouraging wearing my new burkini at the beach that day, was finding numerous other burkini wearers, too.


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