Sharifa Alkhateeb, American Muslim Leader, Women's Rights Champion, Passes in 2004

December 20, 2004

Source: Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

On December 20, 2004 the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs reported, "Dr. Sharifa Alkhateeb's smile and her voice, bubbling with optimism and determination, are now gone. But her memory will remain with everyone who knew her for a very long time to come. Alkhateeb died Oct. 21 of pancreatic cancer in Ashburn, VA. After a lifetime spent working to help the disadvantaged and the vulnerable in her community, and educating Americans about Islam, Alkhateeb can rest assured she made a difference... As an activist, speaker, writer, and organizer, Alkhateeb’s contributions to the American Muslim community were phenomenal. She was president of the North American Council for Muslim Women, as well as of the Muslim Educational Council, a Mid-Atlantic non-profit organization educating public school staff and administrators about Middle Eastern culture, Muslims, and Islam. She held an M.A. in Comparative Religion, edited the Marmaduke Pickthall Translation of the Qur’an, and co-authored the Arab World Notebook, used in public school history classrooms nationwide."