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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Abeer Al-Namankany

photo of Abeer Al-Namankany Pediatric Dentist, Hypnotherapist, Dental Phobia treatment expert, Columnist, Writer, and Social activist

Abida Mahmood

photo of Abida Mahmood Administrator and teacher trainer at the Qurban & Surraya Educational Trust

Adriana Rose Kaplan Marcusan

photo of Adriana Rose Kaplan Marcusan Director and Chair, Knowledge Transfer at the Department of Social Anthropology (Universitat Autònoma of Barcelona)

Al Shifa bint Abdullah

no photo available Medical Practitioner, Teacher, Public Administrator

Alaa Nasief

photo of Alaa Nasief Founder and General Manager of Hadara

Amel Azouz

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

Amina Wadud

photo of Amina Wadud Islamic Scholar and Consultant

Aminah McCloud

photo of Aminah McCloud Director, Islamic World Studies Program and Professor at DePaul University

Anjum Babukhan

photo of Anjum Babukhan Director of Education, Glendale Academy

Anjum Malik

photo of Anjum Malik CEO of the Alhambra US Chamber of Commerce

Arzoo Osanloo

no photo available Professor of anthropology and women’s rights activist.

Asha A. Samad

photo of Asha A. Samad Professor and Human Rights Specialist, City University of New York

Asma Afsaruddin

photo of Asma Afsaruddin Professor, Indiana University, Shura Council Member

Asma Barlas

photo of Asma Barlas Qu’ranic and Islamic research, studies on women and gender in Islam, and Comparative and International and Politics

Asma Siddiki

no photo available Associate Dean for Development at the Dubai School of Government

Ayesha S. Chaudhry

photo of Ayesha S. Chaudhry Professor/Author/Gender and Social Justice

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

Brigitte Jelen

photo of Brigitte Jelen Assistant Professor, Bahcesehir University in Istanbul, Turkey

Canguzel Guner Zulfikar

no photo available Turkish instructor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Cherry (Shenazz) Muslim

no photo available Lecturer in School of Religion, Philosophy, and Classics, University of KwaZulu-Natal (Howard College)

Debbie Almontaser

no photo available Multicultural specialist and diversity consultant

Dewi Fortuna Anwar

no photo available Professor; Member, UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters

Esha Faki Mwinyihaji

photo of Esha Faki Mwinyihaji Lecturer, Maseno University

F. Cangüzel Güner Zülfikar

photo of F. Cangüzel Güner Zülfikar Associate Director of The Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilization at the UNC Chapel Hill

Faiza Shahrukh

photo of Faiza Shahrukh Head of The Sanjan Nagar Public Education Trust School

Fatema Mernissi

no photo available Feminist author and sociologist

Fatima al-Fihri

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

Fatima Sadiqi (MA, PhD)

photo of Fatima Sadiqi (MA, PhD) Author, women’s right advocate, cultural activism

Fatima Seedat

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

Fawzia Afzal-Khan

no photo available Professor of English at Montclair State University

Fawzia Al-Attia

photo of Fawzia Al-Attia Professor of Sociology-Baghdad University

Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons

photo of Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons Assistant Professor of Religion, University of Florida

Halide Edib Adivar

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

Hatoon Al Fassi

photo of Hatoon Al Fassi Professor, King Saud University, Riyadh

Heba Metwally

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

Homayra Ziad

photo of Homayra Ziad Assistant Professor of Religion at Trinity College, Shura Council Member

Hulya Alper

no photo available Islamic theology scholar

Intisar Rabb

photo of Intisar Rabb Islamic and American Law scholar

Irfana Hashmi

no photo available Islamic Law Consultant; Doctoral Candidate

Ivana Hrdlickova

photo of Ivana Hrdlickova Legal Expert, Council of Europe

Jamilah Ariffin

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

Kamrun Nahar

photo of Kamrun Nahar Soil scientist and environmentalist

Kecia Ali

no photo available Author and professor on Islam and gender

L. Heidi Primo

photo of L. Heidi Primo Head, King Abdullah Scholars Program

Laila al-Zwaini

photo of Laila al-Zwaini Specialist in Shari`a, rule of law, and tribes in the Muslim world

Laleh Bakhtiar

photo of Laleh Bakhtiar First American woman to translate the Quran into English, Shura Council Member

Leila Ahmed

no photo available Professor of women’s studies in religion.

Li Shuhuan

photo of Li Shuhuan Masters candidate in Ideological Political Education

Loren Hallilah I. Lao

photo of Loren Hallilah I. Lao Treasurer, Young Moro Professionals Network, Inc

Margot Badran

photo of Margot Badran Historian of the Middle East and Islamic societies/ Specialist in Gender Studies, Shura Council Member

Mariam “Al-Astrolabiya” Al-Ijliya

photo of Mariam “Al-Astrolabiya” Al-Ijliya Designing and constructing Astrolabes

Mariam Sultana

photo of Mariam Sultana Doctorate in astrophysics

Mariama Shaheed-Carson

photo of Mariama Shaheed-Carson Assistant Principal

Mehnaz M. Afridi

photo of Mehnaz M. Afridi Director of the Manhattan College Holocaust Resource Center

Merhezia Labidi-Maiza

photo of Merhezia Labidi-Maiza Official Translator, International Union of Islamic Scholars; Member, European Council of Religious Leaders

Mohja Kahf

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

Monique Toohey

photo of Monique Toohey Psychology

Nadia Mohammad Baeshen

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

Nadira Mirza

photo of Nadira Mirza Dean, School of Lifelong Education and Development; Director of Access, Public, and Community Engagement

Najah Amro

photo of Najah Amro Head of Research and Islamic Jurisprudence, Office of Chief Justice of Shariah Court

Nawal El Saadawi

photo of Nawal El Saadawi Novelist

Nazira Moosa

no photo available Business Development Director, Motlekar Holdings

Nevin Reda

photo of Nevin Reda Shura Council Member

Nigar Babayeva

no photo available Ph.D. candidate, Marmara University

Nurah Amatullah

photo of Nurah Amatullah Manuscript librarian in the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Books Division at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Nurjannah Ismail

photo of Nurjannah Ismail Lecturer, Faculty of Letter, State Institute for Islamic Studies (IAIN) Ar-Raniry

Parveen Shakir

photo of Parveen Shakir Urdu Poetry

Qudsia Huma Khan

photo of Qudsia Huma Khan Principal of the Junior School, Qurban and Surraya Educational Trust

Raja Rantisi Hamayel

photo of Raja Rantisi Hamayel Professor, Author

Rajaa Naji al Makkawi

photo of Rajaa Naji al Makkawi Law Professor, Nonprofit Leader

Rashida Manjoo

photo of Rashida Manjoo United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women

Rawya Al Busaidi

no photo available Minister of Higher Education

Reshmi Siddique

no photo available Psychiatric research scientist and author

Rosey Wang Ma

photo of Rosey Wang Ma Research Fellow, Department of Islamic History and Civilization at the University Malaya

Rosnani Sahardin

photo of Rosnani Sahardin Senior Lecturer, Research and Teaching Assistant, Syiah Kuala University, Banda Aceh

S. Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana

photo of S. Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana Visiting Assistant Professor, Georgetown University; Founding member & Associate Director, Salam Institute for Peace and Justice

Sa’diyya Shaikh

photo of Sa’diyya Shaikh Senior Lecturer of Islamic Studies and Feminist Theory at the University of Cape Town

Sabiha Gokcen

photo of Sabiha Gokcen World’s First Female Fighter Pilot

Salwa Baccar

photo of Salwa Baccar English teacher, High Institute of Management, University of Tunis

Samia Mohammed Abdulrahman Al-Amoudi

photo of Samia Mohammed Abdulrahman Al-Amoudi Medical Doctor Specialized in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Samina Bashir

no photo available Assistant Professor, Faculty of Shariah & Law, International Islamic University

Sanaa A. M. Makhlouf

photo of Sanaa A. M. Makhlouf Senior Instructor, Department of Rhetoric and Composition at the American University in Cairo

Sara Silvestri

photo of Sara Silvestri Assistant Professor in International Politics at City University London

Seemi Bushra Ghazi

photo of Seemi Bushra Ghazi Lecturer in Classical Arabic, University of British Columbia

Shahdah “the Writer”

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

Shakila Hamidi

photo of Shakila Hamidi Principal, Afghan School Inc.

Shamira E. Abdulla

no photo available Scholar of gender and social justice in South Asia and Islam

Siba Maraachli

photo of Siba Maraachli Programme Support Manager, United Nations Relief and Work Agency (UNRWA)

Siti Musdah Mulia

photo of Siti Musdah Mulia Research Professor, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI)

Sobia Malik

photo of Sobia Malik Educational Consultant

Sohaila Abdulali

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

Soraya Jamjuree

no photo available Lecturer at Prince Songkhla University

Soroor Qarooni

photo of Soroor Qarooni Provides training on child abuse prevention and healing for social workers and caretakers of special needs children

Souad Slaoui

no photo available Associate Professor in Linguistics and Gender Studies, Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah University

Souad T. Ali

no photo available Souad T. Ali is an Islamic Studies scholar.
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