Tahija Vikalo was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina and came to the United States to attend the University of Pennsylvania where she completed her undergraduate as well as her Masters degree in Anthropology. In her academic training, she focused on religion and society and her research focused on tracing the history and continuing influence of Sufi order/Tariqa on the social order and politics throughout the Balkan region.
In her professional career of over 20 years she has worked in the non-profit field in international development and peace building, and in education and immigration for private companies. Her career has allowed her to travel to the Middle East and Europe, and manage programs and work with and for the people from different countries, backgrounds, and all walks of life.
Tahija is focused on inclusion and diversity in the Muslim American community and is dedicated to social justice and gender equality. She has taught Islamic studies at different Sunday school programs in the Philadelphia area and has been involved with interfaith groups for many years including Daughters of Abraham and the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom (SOSS), and co-leads one of its Philadelphia chapters and serves on the SOSS Board of Trustees. She resides in Bala Cynwyd with her husband and two daughters.