Aishah Schwartz, an American Muslim revert to Islam since April 2002, is the founder and director of the Washington, D.C.-based Muslimah Writers Alliance ;(MWA)—established in 2006—and a retired 17-year career litigation legal assistant.
Ms. Schwartz is also a published freelance non-fiction writer and photo journalist whose aim is to counter misconceptions regarding the Islamic faith and members of the Muslim community. She writes on numerous topics, often in her blog, "Sister Aishah's Islamic Journey." Her blog was recognized by The Daily Reviewer in 2009 as among the top 100 Muslim blogs. She's also been a featured speaker in a Bridges Foundation Film, "Jihad On Terrorism" and featured in an Al-Jazeera documentary.
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 been reporting on revolutions in the Middle East as a Demotix ;photo journalist since January 2011. ; ;