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 Sultan

no photo available Crown Princess of Bhopal

Adela Khanum

no photo available Kurdish Tribal Leader

Amina Cachalia

photo of Amina Cachalia Human Rights Activist

Ashraf Pahlavi

no photo available Princess of Iran

Asmaa Mahfouz

photo of Asmaa Mahfouz Political Activist

Aysenur Bilgi Solak

photo of Aysenur Bilgi Solak Politician; Sociologist

Baroness Pola Uddin

photo of Baroness Pola Uddin First Muslim woman Elected into the UK’s House of Lords

Bilkisu Yusuf

no photo available Adviser to the Nigerian President on International Affairs/ Columnist/ Executive Director of Advocacy Nigeria

Dayfa Khatun

no photo available Queen of Aleppo; regent ruler and architectural patron

Dr. Amal Abdullah Juma Al Qubaisi

no photo available Member, Federal National Council

Edita Tahiri

no photo available Deputy prime minister of Kosovo

Edna Adan Ismail

photo of Edna Adan Ismail Director and founder of the Edna Adan Maternity Hospital

Fadela Amara

photo of Fadela Amara Politician, Social Justice Activist

Faeeza Vaid

photo of Faeeza Vaid Coordinator of the Muslim Women’s Network/ Chairperson of Sister 2 Sister

Farah Pandith

no photo available Special Representative to Muslim Communities for the United States State Department

Fatima Jinnah

no photo available Figure in the independence movement of Pakistan

Fawzia Yusuf Haji Adan

photo of Fawzia Yusuf Haji Adan First Woman Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Somalia

Fawziah Alhani

photo of Fawziah Alhani Social and Human Rights Activist

Flora Brovina

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

Fuziah Salleh

photo of Fuziah Salleh Member, Malaysian Parliament (People’s Justice Party)

Gbemisola Ruqayyah Saraki

no photo available Nigerian Senator

Huda Shaarawi

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

Hurrem-Roxelana

no photo available Sultana of the Ottoman Empire

Hwaida Hussein Shabo

no photo available Member of the Sudanese National Assembly

Judge Kholoud Al-Faqih

photo of Judge Kholoud Al-Faqih Judge, Sharia Court of Ramallah

Kashmala Tariq

photo of Kashmala Tariq Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan

Lalla Fatma N’Soumer

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

Leila Ben Ali

photo of Leila Ben Ali Chairwoman of the Arab Women Organisation and First Lady of Tunisia

Maham Anga

no photo available Regent of the Mughal Empire

Mahnaz Afkhami

no photo available Former Government Minister and Women’s Rights Campaigner

Melati Abdul Hamid

no photo available Federal Counsel at the International Affairs Division of the Attorney General’s Chambers of Malaysia

Mihrimah Sultan

no photo available Only daughter of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent by Hürrem Sultan

Mihrimah Sultana

no photo available Princess of the Ottoman Empire

Nahida Mahboob Ellahi

photo of Nahida Mahboob Ellahi Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan

Nana Asma’u

photo of Nana Asma’u Poet, Scholar

Naveeda Ikram

no photo available First Muslim Woman to be a Lord Mayor in the UK

Noor Inayat Khan (Code Name: Madeleine)

photo of Noor Inayat Khan (Code Name: Madeleine) Special Agent WWII / Writer / Nurse

Nur Jahan

photo of Nur Jahan Empress of the Mughal India

Nursuna Memecan

photo of Nursuna Memecan Member of Turkish Parliament

Princess Adela

no photo available National Family Safety Program, Vice Chair

Queen Arwa al-Sulayhi

photo of Queen Arwa al-Sulayhi Queen of Yemen for over 50 years

Rashida Tlaib

no photo available Second Muslim woman to serve in a state legislature in the United States

Rebiya Kadeer

photo of Rebiya Kadeer Human rights activist

Roshanara Begum

no photo available Mughal Princess and Poetess

Sahar Al-Qwasmi

photo of Sahar Al-Qwasmi Member, Palestinian Legislative Council

Sayeeda Warsi

no photo available Minister in British Cabinet, co-chairman of the Conservative Party

Sayyida al-Hurra

no photo available Pirate Queen

Shabana Mahmood

no photo available Member of British Parliament

Shajarat al-Durr

no photo available The first woman in Islam to assume the throne on her own right

Shama Haider

no photo available Chair of the Democratic Party in Tenafly, New Jersey

Shehrbano Taseer

no photo available Journalist and civil society activist

Solafa Sawalha

photo of Solafa Sawalha Director of Family Counseling and the Rehabilitation Department, Shar’iah Court

Sophia Abdi Noor

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

Suheir Hammad

no photo available Poet, Author, and Political Activist

Sultan Raziyya

photo of Sultan Raziyya Sultan of Delhi in India from 1236 to 1240; first woman ruler in Muslim history

Tahani Salah

no photo available Poet and Activist

Tahany el-Gebali

no photo available Egypt's First Female Judge

Tjut Njak Dien

photo of Tjut Njak Dien Anti-Colonial Guerilla Fighter

Tuanku Nur Zahirah

photo of Tuanku Nur Zahirah Queen of Malaysia

Umm al-Muqtadir-Billah

no photo available Mother of the Caliph

Zara Sanzari Adda

no photo available Kandahar Treasurer

Zeinabou Hadari

photo of Zeinabou Hadari Permanent Secretary of the CCM (Country Coordinating Mechanism)

Zeynep Banu Dalaman

no photo available Sociologist; Political Scientist; Politician
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