Muslim Women: Past and Present

Recommend a Muslim Woman

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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Abida Parveen

photo of Abida Parveen Singer

Aheda Zanetti

photo of Aheda Zanetti Fashion Designer

Aja Black

no photo available Performer

Alsarah

no photo available Singer-songwriter

Ani Zonneveld

photo of Ani Zonneveld Performer

Anisa Mehdi

no photo available Journalist and Filmmaker

Asma Ibret

no photo available Female Ottoman calligrapher

Assia Djebar

photo of Assia Djebar Writer, Filmmaker

Azam Ali

no photo available Singer

Azar Nafisi

no photo available Writer

Azra Abbas

no photo available Poet

Bayan Jondy

no photo available Fashion Designer

Brook Samad

no photo available Fashion Designer

Deeyah

no photo available Singer and Activist

Deeyah

photo of Deeyah Music Producer and Filmmaker

Dilara Hafiz

photo of Dilara Hafiz Author

DJ Raichous

photo of DJ Raichous Performer

Ebru Akpinar

no photo available Head Chef at Günaydın, a chain of meat restaurants in Istanbul, Turkey

Elif Shafak

photo of Elif Shafak Novelist

Etel Adnan

no photo available Writer

Farzaneh Milani

no photo available Writer, Poet, and Professor

Flora Brovina

no photo available pediatrician, political and women’s activist, and poet.

Forugh Farrokhzad

no photo available Poet and Filmmaker

Gaida Hinnawi

no photo available Performer

Haifaa Al-Mansour

photo of Haifaa Al-Mansour First Female Filmmaker in Saudi Arabia

Ilona Yusuf

no photo available Writer

J. Samia Mair

no photo available Writer

Jamila al-Medina

no photo available Singer, Musician

Marwa Atik

no photo available "Haute hijab" fashion designer

Mohja Kahf

photo of Mohja Kahf Poet ; Associate Professor of Middle Eastern literature and Islamic Studies

Monica Ali

no photo available Author of Brick Lane

Naghmeh Samini

no photo available Playwright

Nasima Aziz

no photo available Culinary

Neda Mirzadeh

no photo available Fashion Designer

Nida Mirza

no photo available Fashion and Jewelry Designer

Nzinga Knight

photo of Nzinga Knight Evening wear designer

Omeima Sukkarieh

photo of Omeima Sukkarieh State Finalist Australia Local Hero 2012

Oumou Sangare

photo of Oumou Sangare Music, Performing

Parveen Shakir

photo of Parveen Shakir Urdu Poetry

Sabeen Ali

photo of Sabeen Ali Photographer, Writer, Traveler

Sadia Nosheen

photo of Sadia Nosheen Fashion Designer

Samira Atash

photo of Samira Atash Fashion Designer ; head of two separate brands: SAMIRA ATASH and a maternity line dubbed, It’s a Miracle Contemporary Maternity

Sarah Elenany

photo of Sarah Elenany Fashion Designer

Shahida Ahmed

no photo available Ceramic Artist

Sheema Khan

no photo available Writer

Shyama Baskar

no photo available Fine Jewelry Artisan

Simin Behbahani

no photo available Poet and Activist

Soraya Syed

photo of Soraya Syed Calligraphy

Suheir Hammad

no photo available Poet, Author, and Political Activist

Tahani Salah

no photo available Poet and Activist

Takiyah Collins

no photo available Fashion Designer ; Founder of Islamik Infusions

Tom Saufi

no photo available Fashion Designer

Yvonne Maffei

photo of Yvonne Maffei Culinary

Zahiyya Abdul-Karim

no photo available Fashion Designer
This search feature will enable you to find Muslim women alphabetically by their first names. Many Muslim names have alternative spellings once rendered into English so if you cannot find the name you are looking for, please try the general search tab where you can enter keywords of your choice.
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This search feature will enable you to find Muslim women chronologically by the Common Era century. 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 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.