Mona Eltahawy

Columnist for Al Masry Al Youm, Al Arab and The Jerusalem Report

Mona Eltahawy is an award-winning columnist and an international public speaker on Arab and Muslim issues. She is based in New York.

She is a columnist for Egypt’s independent daily Al Masry Al Youm, Qatar’s Al Arab and Israel’s The Jerusalem Report. Her opinion pieces have been published frequently in the International Herald Tribune, The Washington Post, Denmark’s Politiken and she is a frequent media analyst.

In 2009, the European Commission awarded her Samir Kassir Prize for Freedom of the Press for opinion writing.

Mona was born in Egypt and has lived in the U.K, Saudi Arabia and Israel. She calls herself a proud liberal Muslim. In 2005, she was named a Muslim Leader of Tomorrow by the American Society for Muslim Advancement. She blogs at