By Rukayat Yakub
Rukayat Yakub is an education activist based in New Jersey and the founder of Light Legacy Books, a children’s publishing house dedicated to telling the stories of little known heroes from across the globe. Their first publication, a children’s coloring book, introduces Shaykh Ahmadou Bamba and is available in English, French and Spanish. http://dpws-demo.site/Light-Legacy-Books/bookstore/ Ms. Yakub is a certified Montessori elementary teacher (through the Association Montessori International) and has studied traditional Islamic sciences with scholars in Morocco, Spain and Mauritania. She has conducted two research projects, “Women of Light,” a look at the literary and educational legacy of Nana Asma’u and “Empowered by Revelation,” which highlights the impact Islam has made on the lives of women through the ages. Currently, Ms. Yakub develops learning materials for elementary school children using a Montessori pedagogical approach.