Erdogan was speaking with women representatives of American Muslim society in New York.
"We know that in the golden age of Islam, women were engaged in every aspect of life as pioneers and leaders," said Erdogan. "We should tell both new generations and the world about it."
Among the attendees were Aisha al-Adawiya, the founder and executive director of Women in Islam organization, Samira Nazneen of Bangladeshi American Advocacy Group, and Raghad Bushnaq, the founder of Mozaic, a non-profit organization helping refugees and people in need in the Washington D.C. area, Anadolu Agency reported.
Erdogan also said neither Oxford nor Harvard was the oldest university in the world, adding that it was Muslim woman Fatima al-Fihri who founded the world's first university in Morocco.
"We need to tell loudly the essences that Islam has contributed to science and art, and the civilization it has created," she added.
The Turkish president’s wife also deplored that Muslims are associated with terrorism, violence on women and wars, and some "unacceptable" cultural practices.
"Muslims should be more in unity," she added.