Texas Muslim Women's Foundation Launched in Collin County

October 21, 2005

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/city/collin/stories/DN-numuslim_21met.ART.West.Edition2.1dec23c8.html

On October 21, 2005 The Dallas Morning News reported, "Many Muslim women in the Dallas-Fort Worth area say that in the four years since 9-11, they have kept to themselves as they struggled with such outside stereotypes and internal questions about their identities as Muslims and as Americans. But about 300 North Texas women – at least half from Collin County – are launching a group aimed at raising their public profile: the Texas Muslim Women's Foundation... Dr. Jarrah, who holds a doctorate in pharmacology from UT Southwestern Medical Center and also helped start the Arabic Heritage Society in Dallas, said the foundation would work to serve the needs of local Muslim women and to dispel prevailing assumptions about them... Group members also will have a hand in secular and interfaith volunteer efforts. Last month, the foundation dispatched four women to Beaumont to assist with Hurricane Rita relief, while other members took in Hurricane Katrina evacuees. Members hail from diverse cultures and backgrounds. Dr. Jarrah said 29 countries were represented at the opening luncheon."