Tutty Alawiyah is the Rector of As-Syafi’iyah University in Jakarta, Indonesia. She was formerly a minister for women’s affairs in two previous governments in Indonesia.
She was elected president of the International Muslim Women's Union (IMWU) at its 4th General Congress and Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in May 2007. She is also the President of the Council of the National Forum for Majelis Ta'lim (Badan Kontak Majelis Taklim), an NGO of Islamic Study Circles with mostly female members. The NGO has millions of members throughout Indonesia.
In addition, Alawiyah served as a member of the Consultative Assembly of the Republic of Indonesia (MPR) from 1992 to 2004. She has been involved in local politics as a member of the Consultative Council of the Betawi Community and the General Secretary of the Mamdani Community (2001-2006).
She is also one of the founders of As-Syafi`iyah Islamic Learning Institution, which consists of three units: Education (from kindergarten to University); Social Activities, which has, since 1978, been educating hundreds of orphans from all parts of Indonesia, including the late Tsunami Victims from Aceh; and, Da'wah activities, such as radio and BKMT organizations.
She has published many articles. These include, "Education for a Better Life with Islamic Ideals;" "Women, Leadership, Opportunities and Challenges in Indonesia;" romoting Gender Responsive Approach to Public Policy and Government;" "The Role of Scholars in the Intelligence of the Nation’s Life;" "Criminology from an Islamic Point of View;" and, "The Challenging Era of Reformation and Globalization." She has also written over 14 books on religious topics as well as women and children’s issues such as, Orphans & Challenges (UIA press); and Women in Islam.
Alawiyah obtained her PhD in Islamic Studies from the Islamic State University in Jakarta, Indonesia. She speaks fluent Indonesian, Arabic and English.