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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Absh Khatun

no photo available Sovereign of the Sulghurid Dynasty

Aisha al-Hurra

no photo available Last Regent of Moorish Granada

Al-Khayzuran bint Atta

no photo available Abbasid Queen

Atifete Jahjaga

no photo available Kosovo’s first female president

Benazir Bhutto

photo of Benazir Bhutto First Female Prime Minister of Pakistan

Chand Bibi

no photo available Invincible Lady of Ahmadnagar

Hamida Banu Begum

no photo available Emperor Mother of the Mughal Empire

Khadija of the Maldives

no photo available Sultan of Land and Sea and Lord of the Twelve-thousand Islands

Khaleda Zia

photo of Khaleda Zia First Female Prime Minister of Bangladesh

Megawati Sukarnoputri

photo of Megawati Sukarnoputri President of Indonesia, 2001-2004

Nur Jahan

photo of Nur Jahan Empress of the Mughal India

Nurbanu Sultan

no photo available One of the First Great Valide Sultans

Queen Amina of Zaria

no photo available Military leader

Queen Arwa al-Sulayhi

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

Queen Noor

photo of Queen Noor Queen of Jordan

Queen Rania

photo of Queen Rania Queen of Jordan

Raja Hijau

no photo available The Green Queen of Patani

Sheikh Hasina Wazed

photo of Sheikh Hasina Wazed Prime Minister of Bangladesh

Sitt al-Mulk

no photo available Fatimid Princess

Sultan Kaikhusrau Jahan

photo of Sultan Kaikhusrau Jahan Ruler of Bhopal State, 1901-1926 CE

Tansu Ciller

photo of Tansu Ciller Prime Minister of Turkey, 1993-1996

Tindu

no photo available Mongol Queen of Baghdad

Tuanku Nur Zahirah

photo of Tuanku Nur Zahirah Queen of Malaysia

Turhan Hatice

no photo available Valide Sultan of the Ottoman Empire

Zainab al-Nafzawiyya

no photo available Co-Ruler of Berber Empire

Zubeida bint Jaf’ar

no photo available Influential Princess of the Abbasid Empire
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This search feature will enable you to find Muslim women chronologically by the Common Era century. We are actively building the archive of Muslim women leaders from the past, as well as from today, and we would welcome your recommendations of women to feature. Please complete 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.
This search feature will enable you to find Muslim women by their Country. We are actively building the archive of Muslim women leaders from the past, as well as from today, and we would welcome your recommendations of women to feature. Please complete 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.
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.