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 Sufism in the Balkans, and traced the history and continuing influence of Sufi orders on social order and politics throughout the Balkan region.
In her professional career of 20 years she has worked in non-profit field in international development and peacebuilding, and in education and immigration for private companies. Her career allowed her to manage programs and work with and for the people from different countries, backgrounds, and all walks of life.
Tahija serves on the Board of Directors of the newly established Main Line Muslim Society where she focuses on creating an inclusive and diverse Muslim community. She has also taught Islamic studies at different Sunday school programs in Philadelphia area.
Tahija has been involved with different interfaith groups for many years but have been most active with the Daughters of Abraham and the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom and currently co-leads one of its Philadelphia chapters. She resides in Bala Cynwyd with her husband and two daughters.