Women's Islamic Studies Scholarship


Within the Islamic tradition women’s scholarship has always been present. In fact, the world’s oldest academic degree-granting university was establishd by a Muslim woman. Unfortuantely, this rich legacy is often masked by patriarchy and bias; many Muslim women find barriers to accessing Islamic knowledge. Women In Islam, Inc. recognizes this gap and has created the Women’s Islamic Studies Scholarship to offer Muslim women the opportunity to become the next thought leaders of religious studies.


WII, Inc. was pleased to partner with the Fawakih Institute in the Washington, DC area to offer two young women financial support to attend the Institute’s Quranic Arabic program.

The Institute’s diverse students and community members:


WII, Inc. was pleased to announce the winners of this year’s scholarship: Fatima Ali and Rashida James-Saadiya (from left).

Fatima Ali lives in Centreville, Virgina and is a junior at George Mason University studying Information Technology. She is a Sunday school teacher at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center in the Washington, DC area. She is also a Young Muslims NeighborNet coordinator.

Rashida James-Saadiya is a writer, visual artist, and cultural educator. Her work addresses otherness, aesthetics and the complexities of Muslim womanhood in America. In addition, she is a founding member and co-editor of Voyages, a quarterly online journal exploring the complexities of Africana Arts and Culture, through progressive literature.

“Women In Islam, Inc. has afforded me an invaluable opportunity by offering a safe space to expand my capabilities and intellectual fortitude in language, spirituality and Islamic studies. It is of dire importance that we invest in organizations that advocate for equal access to opportunities from which I’ve been able to benefit.” -Rashida James-Saadiya