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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Abida Malik

photo of Abida Malik Senior Vice President, Behbud Association of Pakistan

Afnan Al Zayani

photo of Afnan Al Zayani Television cooking show star, activist, multi-million dollar company

Aisha H.L Al-Adawiya

photo of Aisha H.L  Al-Adawiya Founder and President of Women In Islam Inc.

Alhaja Okunnu

no photo available Civil servant, educationist, and Nigeria's first female Deputy Governor

Amal Mahmoud Fayed

photo of Amal Mahmoud Fayed Secretary General, Forum for Women in Development

Amel Azouz

photo of Amel Azouz Member, Women’s Office of the Islamic Party, Ennahdha; English Instructor

Amina Zuberi

photo of Amina Zuberi Chairlady, Tangana Women Development Group

Anbreen Ajaib

no photo available Program Manager Women’s Rights, Bedari

Anisa Abd el Fattah

no photo available Founder the National Association of Muslim American Women

Anissa Naqrachi

photo of Anissa Naqrachi President and Founder, Nour Association for Solidarity with Rural Women

Anousheh Ansari

photo of Anousheh Ansari First Female Muslim in Space

Arfa Khan

no photo available Founding member of American Muslims and Jews in Dialogue

Arifa Nazle

photo of Arifa Nazle Manager of Communications, Shirkat Gah Women’s Resource Centre

Ashraf Pahlavi

no photo available Princess of Iran

Asma Jamil Sadiq

photo of Asma Jamil Sadiq Director of Child Development at the Beth Israel Medical Center/Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein School

Asmal Mooneera

no photo available Consultant and Activist, Social uplifting

Ayesha Mattu

photo of Ayesha Mattu Writer, Photographer, Philanthropy Consultant, and Board Member of the Muslim Women's Fund

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

Aylin Yurdacan

photo of Aylin Yurdacan Member, TURKKAD

Ayse Jale Mekis Diker

photo of Ayse Jale Mekis Diker Chairwoman and Managing Director, D&A Dis Ticaret A.S.; President, Ankara Soroptimist Club; President, TSKF Project Commission

Aziza Ahmed

photo of Aziza Ahmed Assistant Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law

Azizah al-Hibri

no photo available President and Founder, Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights

Azza Karam

photo of Azza Karam Senior Culture Advisor, United Nations Population Fund

Belgin Batum

photo of Belgin Batum Project Manager and Board Member, TURKKAD-Istanbul; Founder and Chairwoman, Nefes Publishing House

Betty Shabazz

photo of Betty Shabazz Social Activist and Educator

Beyza Zapsu

photo of Beyza Zapsu Founder and Chairperson, Young Lives Foundation (Genc Hayat Vakfı)

Bibi Ayesha

no photo available Afghanistan’s Female Warlord

Binta Jammeh-Sidibe

photo of Binta Jammeh-Sidibe Executive Director of the Association for the Promotion of Girls' and Women's Advancement in the Gambia (APGWA)

Christina Safiya Tobias-Nahi

photo of Christina Safiya Tobias-Nahi Director of Public Affairs, Islamic Relief USA

D. Sharifa Khanam

photo of D. Sharifa Khanam Founder, STEPS Women’s Development Organization

Dahlia Eissa

no photo available Executive Director of the Arab American Justice Project

Dahlia Khankan

photo of Dahlia Khankan Social worker, advocate for ending domestic violence

Daisy Khan

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

Dawood Sharifa Khanam

no photo available Founder, STEPS Women’s Development Organization

Debbie Almontaser

no photo available Multicultural specialist and diversity consultant

Dilek Guldutuna

no photo available Doctor, Medical Centre Goethe Passage

Dinara Alimdjanova

photo of Dinara Alimdjanova Director, Gender Study Center

Djingarey Maiga

photo of Djingarey Maiga President of Femmes et Droits Humains / Women and Human Rights

Dora Abbas

no photo available Vice Chair, Muslim Women’s Association of South Australia

Dr. Huda Himmat

no photo available Activist; Entrepreneur

Dr. Khawla Al-Kuraya

no photo available Scientist; Granted First Rank King Abdulaziz

Elif Erhan

photo of Elif Erhan Project Coordinator, TURKKAD

Elizabeth Benhalim

no photo available Founder and Principal, DiversityWealth

Eman Fawzi

photo of Eman Fawzi Former Executive Director, Egyptian Association for Society Development

Esin Celebi

photo of Esin Celebi Vice President, International Mevlâna Foundation

Faghmeda Miller

no photo available HIV/AIDS activist, Founder, Positive Muslims

Farah Zeb

no photo available Services Manager for Refuge

Farheen Khan

no photo available Consultant, activist, author of From Behind the Veil: A Hijabi’s Journey to Happiness

Farheen Syeed Kapra

photo of Farheen Syeed Kapra Lawyer, Shura Council Member

Farkhunda Saamy

photo of Farkhunda Saamy Gender Advisor in the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission

Farkondeh Keyhani

no photo available Senior Television Producer and President of Eghlime Noor Institute

Farkondeh Keyhani

no photo available Senior television producer, Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB); President, Eghlime Noor Institute

Fatima Ahmed

photo of Fatima Ahmed Founder, Zenab for Women in Development (ZWD)

Fatima El-Hajj

photo of Fatima El-Hajj Attorney; Activist, KAFA Organization

Fatima M. Al-Balooshi

photo of Fatima M. Al-Balooshi Minister of Human Rights and Social Development

Fatima Outaleb

photo of Fatima Outaleb Founding Member and Executive Board Member, Union de l’Action Féminine (Union of Women’s Action)

Fatima Seedat

photo of Fatima Seedat Ph.D Candidate at McGill University/Co-Founder Shura Yabafazi

Fatima Shama

no photo available Community activist

Fatin Yousef Bundagji

no photo available Director of Women Empowerment & Research, Jeddah Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Fatma Alhad Mohamed Hyder

photo of Fatma Alhad Mohamed Hyder Executive Director of JOMWA

Fatou Bensouda

photo of Fatou Bensouda Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court (ICC) 2012

Fatou Waggeh

photo of Fatou Waggeh Executive Director, Foundation for Research on women’s Health productivity and the Environment

Fatuma Kinsi Abass

photo of Fatuma Kinsi Abass Executive Director, Pastoralist Girls Initiative (PGI)

Fauzia Janjua

photo of Fauzia Janjua Financial and Banking Consultant, First Women Bank Limited

Fawzia Khondker

photo of Fawzia Khondker National Gender Specialist for the Scope Project

Fawziah Alhani

photo of Fawziah Alhani Social and Human Rights Activist

Firoza Chic Dabby

no photo available Firoza Chic Dabby is the director of the Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence.

Gihan Abdu Zaid

photo of Gihan Abdu Zaid Regional Consultant, Regional Bureau of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Gonca Aydin

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

Gulnara Karakulova

photo of Gulnara Karakulova Founder and Director, Women’s Resource Center

H.B. (Hussn Banu) Ghazanfar

photo of H.B. (Hussn Banu) Ghazanfar Women’s Affairs Minister, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Habiba Akter

photo of Habiba Akter Founder and Executive Director, Ashar Alo Society (AAS)

Hadil El-Khouly

photo of Hadil El-Khouly Young Women’s Caucus Coordinator for Musawah

Haifa Fahoum Al Kaylani

no photo available Established Arab International Women's Forum

Halide Edib Adivar

photo of Halide Edib Adivar Novelist, Professor, Women’s Activist

Hanan Gewefel

photo of Hanan Gewefel Founder and Senior Breast Imaging Consultant at Women and Fetal Imaging Center

Hanan Muaddi

photo of Hanan Muaddi Head of the Documentation and Advocacy Unit at the Women’s Center for Legal Aid and Counseling (WCLAC)

Hartini Zainudin

no photo available Managing Director/Founder, Rumah Jagaan Kanak Kanak NurSalam

Hatice Isil Sarraf

photo of Hatice Isil Sarraf Member, TURKKAD

Hauwa Ibrahim

photo of Hauwa Ibrahim Senior partner, Aries Law Firm

Hawanatu Sesay

photo of Hawanatu Sesay Administrative Secretary for the Sierra Leone Muslim Missionaries

Hazami Barmada

no photo available Co-founder and CEO of Al-Mubadarah: Arab Empowerment Initiative

Hedia Belhadj Youssef Sebai

photo of Hedia Belhadj Youssef Sebai Head of the Documentation and Information Technology Unit at the Centre of Arab Women for Training and Research

Hedieh Mirahmadi

no photo available Shura Council Member

Hind Jarrah

photo of Hind Jarrah Co-founder, Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation

Hinna Maqsood

photo of Hinna Maqsood Social worker; Life skills trainer

Hoda Mobasseri

photo of Hoda Mobasseri Manager, the Adult Education Centre for Women and Families; Content Supervisor, the Persian Female Portal

Homaira Mamoor

no photo available Women’s rights and domestic violence activist

Houda Marmouti

photo of Houda Marmouti Medical representative; Professional and personnel coach

Hubbie Hussein al-Haji

photo of Hubbie Hussein al-Haji Executive Director, Womankind Kenya

Huda Shaarawi

photo of Huda Shaarawi Feminist /Women's Rights Advocate/Egyptian Nationalist/Author

Huma Jamshed

photo of Huma Jamshed President and Founder of ACESOP

Iman Abdel Wahed

photo of Iman Abdel Wahed Member of New Woman Foundation (NWF)

Ingrid Mattson

no photo available Dr. Ingrid Mattson is the first female and first North American-born president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).

Insaf Abu-Shareb

photo of Insaf Abu-Shareb Head of the Bedouin Section Itach (Women Lawyers for Social Justice)

Irfana Anwer

photo of Irfana Anwer Lawyer/ Deputy Director of the Community Legal Interpreter Bank at Ayuda

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)

Jamilah Ariffin

photo of Jamilah Ariffin President, Asia-Pacific Forum on Families
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