Muslim Women: Past and Present

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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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Adriana Rose Kaplan Marcusan

photo of Adriana Rose Kaplan Marcusan Director and Chair, Knowledge Transfer at the Department of Social Anthropology (Universitat Autònoma of Barcelona)

Afra Jalabi

photo of Afra Jalabi Columnist for the Saudi daily Al Yaum, Shura Council Member

Ayesha S. Chaudhry

photo of Ayesha S. Chaudhry Professor/Author/Gender and Social Justice

Ayisha Amatu Rahim Jeffries

photo of Ayisha Amatu Rahim Jeffries Vice President of Global Affairs and Senior Policy Advisor on Gender Equity, President of the African-American Islamic Institute

Daisy Khan

photo of Daisy Khan Executive Director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement

Farheen Syeed Kapra

photo of Farheen Syeed Kapra Lawyer, Shura Council Member

Fatima Sadiqi (MA, PhD)

photo of Fatima Sadiqi (MA, PhD) Author, women’s right advocate, cultural activism

Fatma Alhad Mohamed Hyder

photo of Fatma Alhad Mohamed Hyder Executive Director of JOMWA

Fawziah Alhani

photo of Fawziah Alhani Social and Human Rights Activist

Gonca Aydin

no photo available Vice-President of the Union of Muslim Theologians and Islamic Religious Researchers, Shura Council Member

Homayra Ziad

photo of Homayra Ziad Assistant Professor of Religion at Trinity College, Shura Council Member

Ivana Hrdlickova

photo of Ivana Hrdlickova Legal Expert, Council of Europe

Jamila Afghani

photo of Jamila Afghani Head, Noor Educational and Capacity Development Organization (NECDO)

Laila al-Zwaini

photo of Laila al-Zwaini Specialist in Shari`a, rule of law, and tribes in the Muslim world

Laisa Masuhud Alamia

photo of Laisa Masuhud Alamia Program Manager and co-founder of Nisa Ul Haqq Fi Bansamoro / Partner at ALCAP Law Offices, Shura Council Member

Laleh Bakhtiar

photo of Laleh Bakhtiar First American woman to translate the Quran into English, Shura Council Member

Moliah Hashim

photo of Moliah Hashim Chief Executive Officer, Yayasan MENDAKI

Mufuliat Fijabi

photo of Mufuliat Fijabi Independent Consultant on Women’s Rights and Development Issues

Nadia al-Sakkaf

photo of Nadia al-Sakkaf Editor in Chief of the Yemen Times

Naish Hasan

photo of Naish Hasan Women’s rights activist, writer

Naziema Jappie

no photo available Women’s rights activist; Executive Director: Advancement, Durban University of Technology

Nevin Reda

photo of Nevin Reda Shura Council Member

Samah Said Helmy

photo of Samah Said Helmy Team Leader of Violence against Women Project for the National Council for Women in Cairo

Santanina Tillah Rasul

photo of Santanina Tillah Rasul Chair, Magbassa Kita Foundation, Inc., Shura Council Member

Sheeba Aslam Fehmi

photo of Sheeba Aslam Fehmi Columnist for “Gender Jihad”

Sidra Humayun

photo of Sidra Humayun Coordinator, WAR Against Rape (Lahore, Pakistan)

Sophia Abdi Noor

photo of Sophia Abdi Noor Member of Kenya’s 10th Parliament, Shura Council Member

Sumbul Ali-Karamali

photo of Sumbul Ali-Karamali Lawyer; Writer; Shura Council Member

Tayyibah Taylor

photo of Tayyibah Taylor Founding Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, Azizah Magazine, Shura Council Member

Zakia Mahasa

photo of Zakia Mahasa Muslim Judge Master in Chancery, preside and decide cases in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City

Zeinaba Kane

photo of Zeinaba Kane President of Women of the Rassemblement Islamique du Sénégal (RIS) / Alwahda

Zlakha Ahmed

photo of Zlakha Ahmed Founder and Manager, Apna Haq Program
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This search feature will enable you to find Muslim women by their Country. We are actively building the archive of Muslim women leaders from the past, as well as from today, and we would welcome your recommendations of women to feature. Please complete our “Recommend Muslim Women” form and check the site again in the near future as we actively expand this section of the portal with your suggestions.
This search feature will enable you to find Muslim women leaders by entering the keyword(s) of your choice. If you cannot find a particular woman that you are looking for, please let us know by completing our “Recommend Muslim Women” form and check the site again in the near future as we actively expand this section of the portal with your suggestions.