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Throughout the ages, from the earliest days of Islam to contemporary times today, Muslim women have been and continue to be active leaders in their communities and countries across the world. This directory is a growing archive of leading Muslim women scholars, activists, writers, politicians, artists, religious and spiritual leaders, civil society leaders and more. Please contribute to this archive by suggesting Muslim women to be featured through our recommendation form.

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Aziza Abdel-Halim

photo of Aziza Abdel-Halim

Known For: Currently President of the Muslim Women’s National Network Australia
Country: Australia

About

Aziza Abdel-Halim is currently the Chairperson of the Women Movement South-East Asia and the Pacific; Vice President of the Regional Islamic Dawah Council of South-East Asia and the Pacific (RISEAP); and President of the Muslim Women’s National Network Australia.

Abdel-Halim was a member of John Howard’s ‘Reference Group’ to advise the government on issues pertaining to Muslims. She has been described by The Australian as “Australia’s most prominent female Muslim leader.”
Aziza Abdel-Halim is one of Australia’s leading Arabic scholars and a prominent Muslim leader. She grew up in Egypt at a time when her birthplace was renowned for its progressive and enlightened Islamic and literary debates. Aziza is the founder and President of the Muslim Women’s National Network and is the author of Did You Know?, a book aimed at addressing incorrect interpretations of Islamic texts and rulings relating to women. She has served on numerous government committees including: former Prime Minister Howard’s, 2005 Muslim Community Reference Group.

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