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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Farheen Syeed Kapra

photo of Farheen Syeed Kapra Lawyer, Shura Council Member

Lady Nafisa

no photo available Early teacher of Islam to women and girls

Lalla Essaydi

no photo available Photographer

Saida Ramadan

no photo available Journalist

Razia Bhatti

no photo available Journalist

Mumtaz Mahal

no photo available Inspiration for the Taj Mahal

Roshanara Begum

no photo available Mughal Princess and Poetess

Umm al-Muqtadir-Billah

no photo available Mother of the Caliph

Zainab al-Nafzawiyya

no photo available Co-Ruler of Berber Empire

Absh Khatun

no photo available Sovereign of the Sulghurid Dynasty

Maham Anga

no photo available Regent of the Mughal Empire

Bibi Ayesha

no photo available Afghanistan’s Female Warlord

Sitt al-Mulk

no photo available Fatimid Princess

Zaynab bint Sulayman

no photo available Princess and Teacher

Tindu

no photo available Mongol Queen of Baghdad

Al-Khayzuran bint Atta

no photo available Abbasid Queen

Khadija of the Maldives

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

Aisha al-Hurra

no photo available Last Regent of Moorish Granada

Hissa Hilal

photo of Hissa Hilal Poet, editor

Esma Sultana

no photo available Princess of the Ottoman Empire

Dewi Fortuna Anwar

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

Maha Fetayhi

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

Saima Hasan

no photo available Founder of Roshni Academy

Tahira Khan

no photo available Tahira Khan is an academic researcher and women’s advocate.

Ingrid Mattson

no photo available Dr. Ingrid Mattson is the first female and first North American-born president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).

Nadia Janjua

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

Tayebeh “Leila” Asadi

photo of Tayebeh “Leila” Asadi Project Manager at the Aid Facilitator Institute

Kamin Mohammadi

photo of Kamin Mohammadi Journalist, travel writer, and broadcaster

Rima Khoreibi

no photo available Children’s author

Aishah Elinor Holland

no photo available Calligrapher and teacher

Aminata Lo

no photo available Islamic scholar

Arfa Khan

no photo available Founding member of American Muslims and Jews in Dialogue

Aslihan Eker

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

Dahlia Eissa

no photo available Executive Director of the Arab American Justice Project

Asra Q. Nomani

no photo available Founder of Muslims for Peace

Fareena Alam

no photo available Editor of Q-News.

Debbie Almontaser

no photo available Multicultural specialist and diversity consultant

Fatima Shama

no photo available Community activist

Fawzia Gilani-Williams

no photo available Project Coordinator of the Eid Stories project

Hwaida Hussein Shabo

no photo available Member of the Sudanese National Assembly

Faghmeda Miller

no photo available HIV/AIDS activist, Founder, Positive Muslims

Anisa Abd el Fattah

no photo available Founder the National Association of Muslim American Women

Cemalnur Sargut

photo of Cemalnur Sargut Spiritual teacher

Homaira Mamoor

no photo available Women’s rights and domestic violence activist

Inas Younis

no photo available Freelance writer

Zeenat Rahman

no photo available Director of public affairs at the Interfaith Youth Core.

Arzoo Osanloo

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

Laila Al-Marayati

no photo available Activist for Muslim women’s issues

Leila Ahmed

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

Mino Akhtar

no photo available Speaker and civil rights activist in the American Muslim community

Mohja Kahf

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

Moushumi Khan

no photo available Cofounder of the Muslim Bar Association of New York

Ausma Khan

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

Dalia Ziada

no photo available Human rights activist and blogger

Dekha Ibrahim Abdi

no photo available Helped found Wajir Peace Committee

Firoza Chic Dabby

no photo available Firoza Chic Dabby is the director of the Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence.

Ghazal Omid

no photo available Iranian-Canadian author of Living in Hell

Hazami Barmada

no photo available Co-founder and CEO of Al-Mubadarah: Arab Empowerment Initiative

Hulya Alper

no photo available Islamic theology scholar

Kamela Sediqi

no photo available Women business owner under the Taliban

Maria Ebrahimji

no photo available Director and executive editorial producer at CNN Worldwide

Marzia Basel

no photo available Founder and director of the Afghanistan Progressive Law Organization

Mehnaz M. Afridi

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

Mina al Oraibi

no photo available Journalist at Asharq Alawsat

Shehrbano Taseer

no photo available Journalist and civil society activist

Nahid Angha

no photo available Cofounder and Codirector of the International Association of Sufism

Najmi Sarwar

no photo available Advocate for primary and secondary education for girls in rural Pakistan

Naz Ahmed Georgas

no photo available Advocates for building interfaith relationships

Patricia Dunn

no photo available Editor and writer

Reshmi Siddique

no photo available Psychiatric research scientist and author

Salma Arastu

no photo available Artist

Sameera Fazili

no photo available Activist for religious freedom and international human rights

Samina Ali

no photo available Award-winning novelist

Sanaa Nadim

no photo available First female Muslim Student Association chaplain

Sheila Musaji

no photo available Member of the Missouri US Attorney's Hate Crimes Task Force

Shama Haider

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

Shamira E. Abdulla

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

Saleemah Abdul Ghafur

no photo available Author and Activist

Sultana Mangalji

no photo available Director of operations, Hotel Group

Akiedah Mohamed

no photo available Documentary filmmaker

Soraya Jamjuree

no photo available Lecturer at Prince Songkhla University

Souad T. Ali

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

Zaha Hadid

no photo available Iraqi-British architect

Valdete Idrizi

no photo available Executive Director of Community-Building Mitrovica

Atifete Jahjaga

no photo available Kosovo’s first female president

Edita Tahiri

no photo available Deputy prime minister of Kosovo

Hebah Ahmed

no photo available Blogger and community activist

Sarah Syeed

no photo available Professor of communication

Yasmin Saikia

no photo available International history scholar

Zuriani “Ani” Zonneveld

no photo available Songwriter and Singer

Abida Sultan

no photo available Crown Princess of Bhopal

Ashraf Pahlavi

no photo available Princess of Iran

Manal al Sharif

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

Mihrimah Sultan

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

Sheeba Aslam Fehmi

photo of Sheeba Aslam Fehmi Columnist for “Gender Jihad”

Fatima Jinnah

no photo available Figure in the independence movement of Pakistan

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.