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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Afra Jalabi

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

Aishah Elinor Holland

no photo available Calligrapher and teacher

Aishah Shahidah Simmons

photo of Aishah Shahidah Simmons President / Documentary Filmmaker / Lecturer, AfroLez® Productions, LLC

Akanke Abdul-Khalliq

photo of Akanke Abdul-Khalliq Communications Specialist

Akiedah Mohamed

no photo available Documentary filmmaker

Al Shifa bint Abdullah

no photo available Medical Practitioner, Teacher, Public Administrator

Aslihan Eker

no photo available Associate producer of Behind Walls: Women in Muslim Countries

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

Assia Djebar

photo of Assia Djebar Writer, Filmmaker

Atiqa Odho

photo of Atiqa Odho Media personality, CEO of Odho Productions and Odho Cosmetics

Ayesha Mattu

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

Aylin Aykan

photo of Aylin Aykan Pianist and Composer

Aziza Abdel-Halim

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

Azizah Kahera

photo of Azizah Kahera Chief Operation Officer, Azizah Magazine

Betul Yilmaz

no photo available Cofounder, Muslim Voices

Bina Sharif

photo of Bina Sharif Playwright and Artist

Chaiba Tallal

photo of Chaiba Tallal World Renowned Painter


no photo available Singer and Activist


photo of Deeyah Music Producer and Filmmaker

Dina Zaman

photo of Dina Zaman Writer, Media personality, and public relations consultant

Edna Adan Ismail

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

Esma Sultana

no photo available Princess of the Ottoman Empire

Farheen Khan

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

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 al-Fihri

no photo available Founded the University of Qarawiyyin, the oldest degree-granting university in operation.

Fatma Unay

photo of Fatma Unay Writer; Designer

Fawzia Gilani-Williams

no photo available Project Coordinator of the Eid Stories project

Gail Lloyd

photo of Gail Lloyd Independent filmmaker, AfroLez® Productions, LLC

Gulbadan Banu Begum

no photo available Author of the Humuyanama

Haifaa Al-Mansour

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

Halide Edib Adivar

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

Hammasa Kohistani

no photo available Crowned Miss England

Heba Amin

photo of Heba Amin Artist

Heba Metwally

photo of Heba Metwally Researcher/ English translator/media specialist at the State Information Service

Hissa Hilal

photo of Hissa Hilal Poet, editor

Hoda Mobasseri

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

Ilham Badreddine Mahfouz

no photo available Painter and ceramist; past president of International Muslimah Artists Network

Imane Karich

no photo available General Secretary of the CEREI, Financial Analyst, writer focusing on finance and business

Jamila al-Medina

no photo available Singer, Musician

Jennifer Heath

photo of Jennifer Heath Scholar, curator, writer and editor

Judge Kholoud Al-Faqih

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

Kamin Mohammadi

photo of Kamin Mohammadi Journalist, travel writer, and broadcaster

Kamrun Nahar

photo of Kamrun Nahar Soil scientist and environmentalist

Khadija Al-Salami

photo of Khadija Al-Salami Award-winning documentary filmmaker, Director, and Author

Lama Al-Sulaiman

no photo available President, Khadijah bint Khuwalid Center for Businesswomen

Luma Mufleh

no photo available Coach, CEO of the Fugees Family

Maha Akeel

photo of Maha Akeel Managing Editor of OIC Journal (Organization of the Islamic Conference), Writer.

Maha Fetayhi

no photo available Former UAE Minister of Economy and Planning; Businesswoman

Marfua Tokhtakhodjaeva

photo of Marfua Tokhtakhodjaeva Author/Journalist

Maria Bichra Ep El- Hamzaoui

photo of Maria Bichra Ep El- Hamzaoui Director, Publishing Agency

Masouda Jalal

photo of Masouda Jalal Politician, Physician, Professor, and UN Employee

Monica Ali

no photo available Author of Brick Lane

Mumtaz Mahal

no photo available Inspiration for the Taj Mahal

Nadia Mohammad Baeshen

photo of Nadia Mohammad Baeshen Founder of the Khadija bint Khuwailid Center

Nageen Hyat

photo of Nageen Hyat Rights Activist and Curator/Founder-Director of the Nomad Gallery

Nathalie Handal

photo of Nathalie Handal Poet and playwright

Ni’mah Isma’il Nawwab

photo of Ni’mah Isma’il Nawwab Poet, Writer, Lecturer, Photographer, Activist, Humanitarian

Noor Inayat Khan (Code Name: Madeleine)

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

Oumou Sangare

photo of Oumou Sangare Music, Performing

Parveen Shakir

photo of Parveen Shakir Urdu Poetry

Patricia Dunn

no photo available Editor and writer

Princess Haya bint Al Hussein

photo of Princess Haya bint Al Hussein Equestrian, Olympic Athlete, Olympic Flag Bearer, Philanthropist

Rabia Terri Harris

photo of Rabia Terri Harris Founder/Director of Muslim Peace Fellowship and Resident Elder at Dar Anwar as-Salam

Rabia Zargarpur

photo of Rabia Zargarpur Fashion Designer

Raheel Raza

no photo available Interfaith & Intercultural Diversity Consultant; Author and Speaker

Rajae El Mouhandiz

photo of Rajae El Mouhandiz Founder of Truthseeker Records, multi-talented artist

Rangina Hamidi

photo of Rangina Hamidi President of Kandahar Treasure, the first women’s private enterprise in Kandahar.

Reem Al Faisal

no photo available Photographer

Rohema Miah

photo of Rohema Miah Director, Whitepaper Consultants

Rula Jebreal

photo of Rula Jebreal Journalism, The first foreign women in broadcasting on 8pm news in the history of Italian television

Saadia Boussana

photo of Saadia Boussana Head of PR and Communications at My Woman Magazine

Sabeen Ali

photo of Sabeen Ali Photographer, Writer, Traveler

Saima Hasan

no photo available Founder of Roshni Academy

Sajida Amin-Sabjee Khan

photo of Sajida Amin-Sabjee Khan Educator/Artist/Activist

Salma Arastu

no photo available Artist

Samina Ali

no photo available Award-winning novelist

Sarah Hashwani

no photo available Chairman of Hashoo Foundation and creator of Plan Bee

Shadi Ghadirian

photo of Shadi Ghadirian One of Iran’s leading contemporary photographers

Shelina Zahra Janmohamed

photo of Shelina Zahra Janmohamed Author of “Love in a Headscarf”

Shirin Neshat

photo of Shirin Neshat Artist

Sohaila Abdulali

photo of Sohaila Abdulali Author, Activist, Researcher, Public Speaker

Soraya Syed

photo of Soraya Syed Calligraphy

Sumbul Ali-Karamali

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

Tara Uzra Dawood

photo of Tara Uzra Dawood Entrepreneur/Columnist/Expert on Women & Investment/ Consultant /Speaker

Tayyibah Taylor

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

Umm Kulthum

photo of Umm Kulthum The Arab World’s Most Famous Singer

Yanar Mohammed

no photo available Co-Founder of the Organisation for Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI)

Zaha Hadid

no photo available Iraqi-British architect

Zainab Salbi

photo of Zainab Salbi Co-Founder, CEO of Women for Women International


no photo available Sufi Princess of the Mughals

Zeynep Fadillioglu

no photo available First woman in Turkey to design and build a mosque

Zuriani “Ani” Zonneveld

no photo available Songwriter and Singer
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