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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Abidah Al-Madaniyyah

no photo available Hadith Scholar

Aisha bint Abu Bakr

no photo available Extensive knowledge of Islam and Islamic jurisprudence; hadith transmitter; social and military leader of the Muslim community

Aisha Rafea

photo of Aisha Rafea Co-leader, The Egyptian Society for Spiritual and Cultural Research (ESSCR), Shura Council Member

Aishah bint Muhammad

no photo available 14th century hadith scholar

Amat al-Wahid

no photo available Early Master of Qur’an

Ameena Begum

no photo available Sufi Religious Figure and Poet

Aminah Assilmi

no photo available Director of the International Union of Muslim Women

Aminata Lo

no photo available Islamic scholar

Amrah bint Abdur-Rahman

no photo available Jurist, a Mufti, and Hadith specialist

Aziza Abdel-Halim

photo of Aziza Abdel-Halim Currently President of the Muslim Women’s National Network Australia

Camille Adams Helminski

photo of Camille Adams Helminski Co-Director (and co-founder) of The Threshold Society, Shura Council Member

Cemalnur Sargut

photo of Cemalnur Sargut Spiritual teacher

Dekha Ibrahim Abdi

no photo available Helped found Wajir Peace Committee

Fatima al-Nisaburiya

no photo available Sufi Master

Fatima bint Muhammad

no photo available Mother of Shi’ism

Fatimah Al-Juzdani

no photo available Iranian Scholar

Hafsa bint Umar

no photo available “The Memorizer of the Qur’an”

Jahanara

no photo available Early Sufi scholar, princess, and daughter of Shah Jahan

Karima bint Ahmad al-Marwaziyya

no photo available Best authority on Sahih of al-Bukhari

Khadijah bint Khuwaylid

no photo available The first convert to Islam, ‘Mother of the Believers’ and ‘The Best of Women’

Khalilah Karim-Rushdan

photo of Khalilah Karim-Rushdan Chaplain- Smith College

Lady Nafisa

no photo available Early teacher of Islam to women and girls

Lalla Fatma N’Soumer

photo of Lalla Fatma N’Soumer Religious scholar, Resistance Fighter

Magda Amer

photo of Magda Amer Biochemist, Naturopath, and Caller of Islam

Maymuna bint Al-Harith

no photo available Last wife of the Prophet Muhammad--"Mother of the Believers"

Nusayba bint Ka’b al-Ansariyah

no photo available Early convert to Islam, first female to fight in defense of Islam

Rabi’a al-Basri

photo of Rabi’a al-Basri Sufi Saint

Shahdah “the Writer”

no photo available Calligrapher and one of the most distinguished Islamic scholars (ulema)

Umm Habibah

no photo available Early convert to Islam; Prophet Muhammad’s wife; a Mother of the Believers

Umm Hani

no photo available Authoritative hadith transmitter and Traditionist

Umm Salamah

no photo available Prophet Muhammad’s Wife and ‘Mother of the Believers’

Umm Waraqa bint Abdallah

no photo available Qur’anic scholar; nicknamed ‘the female martyr’; led first mixed prayers

Umrah bint Abdur-Rahman

no photo available Early Jurist and Hadith transmitter

Zaynab Al-Ghazali

no photo available Founder, Muslim Women’s Association; Human Rights Activist

Zaynab bint Ahmad ibn `Umar

no photo available Hadith Scholar, Lecturer

Zaynab bint Khuzayma

no photo available Wife of the Prophet Muhammad, known as "Mother of the Poor"

Zuleikha

no photo available International Teacher, Performer and Humanitarian
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