Dr. Merve Kavakci, the great Muslim lady, with the most famous Hijab.

Dr. Merve Kavakci- Islam - 2 May 1999, Her first and last day in the Turkish parliament

Dr. Merve Kavakci- Islam - "Compassion in Action: My Life as a Muslim Woman Activist Scholar"

 Red Arrow Merve Safa Kavakcı is Turkish politician, who was elected as a Virtue Party deputy for Istanbul on April 18, 1999.

 Red Arrow Present Job: Professor of International Relations at Howard University and George Washington University. deputy for Istanbul on April 18, 1999.

 Red Arrow One of the Muslim 500, 2013/2014, The World's Most Influential Muslims.

 Red Arrow Born: August 19, 1968 (age 45), Ankara, Turkey

 Red Arrow Children: Mariam Kavakcı, Fatima Abushanab

 Red Arrow Education: Harvard University, Howard University, TED Ankara Koleji

 Red Arrow Parents: Yusuf Ziya Kavakcı, Gulseren Gulhan Kavakcı

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Merve Safa Kavakcı (born 19 August 1968, Ankara) is Turkish politician, who was elected as a Virtue Party deputy for Istanbul on April 18, 1999.

On May 2, 1999, Kavakcı was precluded from taking her oath in the swear-in ceremony by members of the Democratic Left Party due to her headscarf. Her Turkish citizenship was revoked following the parliament ordeal. Kavakci lost her seat in the parliament in March 2001. The Virtue Party was closed down by the Constitutional Court in June 2001, banning five parliamentarians including Kavakci from running for office for a period of five years.

In 2007, Kavakcı won the legal case when the European Court of Human Rights found that Kavakcı's expulsion from parliament was a violation of human rights.[1] Since then, Kavakcı has been an outspoken critic of Turkey's secularization policy, traveling the globe in support of Muslim women's rights, especially to the hijab. In addition to lecturing at universities throughout Europe and the United States, Kavakcı addressed the 2004 Parliament of the World's Religions in Barcelona. Kavakci also addressed British Parliament House of Lords in London, England. She has lectured and spoke at myriad of American and European Universities including Harvard, Yale, Berlin, Hamburg, Hannover, Duisburg and Cambridge Universities.

Kavakcı is a Hafiz-al Qur'an. She received her master's degree from Harvard University and her PhD from Howard University. Kavakcı is currently a professor at George Washington University and Howard University in Washington D.C. She is the mother of two, Fatima Abushanab, 21 and Mariam Kavakci, 20. [2]

Kavakcı is recognized among the World's Most Influential 500 Muslims. She was recognized among "Women of Excellence" by NAACP and GWU in 2004. She was awarded the Public Service Award in Tribute and in Recognition of efforts for the advancement of human rights and Muslim Women's empowerment by International Association for Women and Children in 2000. She was awarded Service to Humanity Award by Haus Der Kulturellen Aktivitat und Toleranz in Vienna, Austria in 1999. She was granted Mother of the Year Award by Capital Platform of Ankara and National Youth Organization in 1999.

Kavakcı is a consultant for US Congress on the Muslim world and a columnist for Turkish daily Vakit newspaper. She sits at the Editorial Board of Mediterranean Quarterly. She is the author of six books and numerous articles.

In 2012, a book about Kavakcı titled "The Day Turkey Stood Still: Merve Kavakcı's Walk Into the Parliament" by Richard Peres was published.

Kavakci is the author of Basortusuz Demokrasi (Turkish) which has been translated to Arabic and Persian and also forthcoming in English and French. She is mother of two, Fatima and Mariam.


2008-Present: Editorial Advisory Board, Mediterranean Quarterly

2009: Member, Islamic Resource Bank