Dr Rosina-Fawzia Al-Rawi Al-Rifai was born in Baghdad and spent her childhood in Iraq and Lebanon. Her grandmother initiated her into the culture and traditions of the Middle East where belly-dancing played a major part as an expression of the world of the feminine.
Fawzia Al-Rawi holds a PhD in Islamic studies. She completed her Arabic, Islamic and ethnological studies at the Universities of Vienna and Cairo. She then spent 12 years in Jerusalem where she brought up her children and worked at the Institute for the Promotion of Palestinian Agriculture and at the University of Jerusalem, while deepening both her theoretical and practical knowledge of Sufism under the guidance of Sidi Shaykh Muhammad Al-Rifai. She has been living in Vienna with her husband and their three children since 2001.
Fawzia Al-Rawi has been teaching Sufism for over 20 years. She holds workshops in various countries and works particularly with women. Her teaching draws on a wealth of experience from a bicultural environment which uniquely enables her to build a bridge of understanding between different cultures, open a space where these can meet and thus contribute to peace.
She has published several books in Arabic, German, English and French.
House of Peace Fawzia Al-Rawi's original wish was to create a place endowed with stability where people could come, especially women, and all those who long to foster inner and outer peace with themselves and their surroundings, who are walking a path to self-knowledge and who need a place where they can retreat as well as meet others.
In the spring of 2006, after searching for many years, she found the house at Albrechtsbergergasse 9 in the 12th District. With the support of a few other women, she founded an association by the name of SAFA (ṣāfa means 'purity of the heart' in Arabic) as a foundation for the activities which take place at the House of Peace.