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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Aishah Schwartz

photo of Aishah Schwartz Founder and Director of Muslimah Writers Alliance (MWA)

Anisa Abd el Fattah

no photo available Founder the National Association of Muslim American Women

Asli Sancar

photo of Asli Sancar Author

Asra Q. Nomani

no photo available Founder of Muslims for Peace

Ausma Khan

no photo available Editor-in-chief of Muslim Girl magazine

Ayse Önal

no photo available Journalist

Bina Bektati

photo of Bina Bektati Journalist

Claire Alkouatli

photo of Claire Alkouatli Founder and Research & Development Manager, Enchanted Garden Child Enrichment Center

Dalia Ziada

no photo available Human rights activist and blogger

Dilshad D. Ali

photo of Dilshad D. Ali Editor, Beliefnet.com

Famile Arslan

photo of Famile Arslan Lawyer, Arslan Lawyers, Shura Council Member

Fareena Alam

no photo available Editor of Q-News.

Farida Nekzad

photo of Farida Nekzad Journalist

Fatin Yousef Bundagji

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

Ghazal Omid

no photo available Iranian-Canadian author of Living in Hell

Hebah Ahmed

no photo available Blogger and community activist

Horria Saihi

photo of Horria Saihi Award-winning Journalist

Inas Younis

no photo available Freelance writer

Irshad Manji

photo of Irshad Manji Feminist; Author; Activist

Jila Baniyaghoob

photo of Jila Baniyaghoob Freelance Iranian Reporter

Lamees El Hadidi

no photo available Executive Chief Officer, Al Alam Al Youm Newspaper

Lauren Booth

no photo available Journalist for Press TV; Activist

Lolwah Al-Faisal

no photo available Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees and General Supervisor, Effat College

Maha Akeel

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

Maha Alkhateeb

photo of Maha Alkhateeb Co-director, Peaceful Families Project

Mahdis Keshavarz

photo of Mahdis Keshavarz Principal, The Make Agency

Maliha Ahmed Alshehab

no photo available Board member, contributor to Al-Waref Institute; Activist

Manal al Sharif

no photo available Driving in defiance of a ban in Saudi Arabia

Manal Radwan

no photo available Assistant Director for Political and Congressional Affairs at the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia

Maria Ebrahimji

no photo available Director and executive editorial producer at CNN Worldwide

Mary Alex

photo of Mary Alex Fundraising Trainer

Mina al Oraibi

no photo available Journalist at Asharq Alawsat

Mona Eltahawy

photo of Mona Eltahawy Columnist and International Public speaker

Muna AbuSulayman

photo of Muna AbuSulayman Executive Director of the Kingdom Foundation, Saudi Arabia / Fashion Designer

Nadia al-Sakkaf

photo of Nadia al-Sakkaf Editor in Chief of the Yemen Times

Nadia Janjua

photo of Nadia Janjua Nadia Janjua is an artist, entrepreneur, and architectural designer in the Washington DC area.

Nura Maznavi

photo of Nura Maznavi Civil rights attorney/writer

Pamela Taylor

photo of Pamela Taylor Co-founder of Muslims for Progressive Values, On Faith panelist

Rafiah Al-Talei

no photo available Journalist, Specializes in Civil Rights, Women's Issues & Politics

Rasha Hefzi

no photo available MD of Think N Link Cooperation

Rashida Manjoo

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

Razia Bhatti

no photo available Journalist

Rehab El-Bakry

no photo available Deputy Editor, Business Monthly, Egypt

Rima Khoreibi

no photo available Children’s author

Sadia Dehlvi

photo of Sadia Dehlvi Columnist

Saida Ramadan

no photo available Journalist

Salima Tlemcani

no photo available Algerian journalist

Samar Fatany

photo of Samar Fatany Chief Broadcaster, Radio Jeddah

Sarah Joseph

no photo available Founder and editor, emel magazine

Shabana Azmi

photo of Shabana Azmi Acclaimed Indian actress and activist

Shahien Taj

photo of Shahien Taj Founder & Executive Director of Henna Foundation

Shahla Sherkat

no photo available Journalist

Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy

photo of Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy Executive Director - Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy and Associates

Shaista Gohir

no photo available Activist, Executive Director of the Muslim Women’s Network UK

Sharifa Akhlas

no photo available Journalist

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

photo of Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy Documentary filmmaker with a focus on the Muslim world

Sheeba Aslam Fehmi

photo of Sheeba Aslam Fehmi Columnist for “Gender Jihad”

Sohaila Abdulali

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

Somayya Jabarti

photo of Somayya Jabarti Managing Editor of Arab News

Sumi Khan

photo of Sumi Khan Journalist

Tasneem Ahmar

photo of Tasneem Ahmar Director of Uks Research Centre, Shura Council Member

Tawakul Karman

photo of Tawakul Karman Chairwoman of Woman Journalists Without Chains

Wafa Amr

photo of Wafa Amr Journalist

Yildiz Ramazanoglu

photo of Yildiz Ramazanoglu Pharmacist; Writer; Human rights activist

Zainah Anwar

photo of Zainah Anwar Malaysian women’s rights activist
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This search feature will enable you to find Muslim women leaders by entering the keyword(s) of your choice. If you cannot find a particular woman that you are looking for, please let us know by completing our “Recommend Muslim Women” form and check the site again in the near future as we actively expand this section of the portal with your suggestions.