|Merve Safa Kavakçı|
|Born||August 19, 1968
|Residence||United States of America|
|Education||M.Sc. from Harvard University PhD from Howard University|
|Employer||George Washington University Howard University|
On May 2, 1999, Kavakçı 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 Her Turkish citizenship was revoked following the parliament ordeal.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, Kavakçı won the legal case when the European Court of Human Rights found that Kavakcı's expulsion from parliament was a violation of human rights. Since then, Kavakçı 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, Kavakçı 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.
Kavakçı is a Hafiz-al Qur'an. She received her master's degree from Harvard University and her PhD from Howard University. Kavakçı 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.
Kavakçı 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 Aktivität 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.
Kavakçı is a consultant for U.S. Congress on the Muslim world and a columnist for Turkish conservative daily Vakit newspaper. She sits at the Editorial Board of Mediterranean Quarterly. She is the author of six books and numerous articles.
- "Headscarf deputy stripped of Turkish citizenship". BBC News. 1999-05-15. Retrieved 2008-11-02.
- "Live dialogue: Guest CV". Islamonline.net. Retrieved 2008-11-02.
- The Day Turkey Stood Still, Merve Kavakci’s Walk into the Turkish Parliament, Richard Peres, Ithaca Press, 2012
- Headscarf Politics in Turkey: A Postcolonial Reading Merve Kavakci-Islam, Palgrave Macmillan, 2010
- Official site (English) (Turkish) (Arabic)