Muslim Women: Past and Present

Recommend a Muslim Woman

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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This search feature will enable you to find Muslim women alphabetically by their first names. Many Muslim names have alternative spellings once rendered into English so if you cannot find the name you are looking for, please try the general search tab where you can enter keywords of your choice.
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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.

Absh Khatun

no photo available Sovereign of the Sulghurid Dynasty

Aisha al-Hurra

no photo available Last Regent of Moorish Granada

Aishah bint Muhammad

no photo available 14th century hadith scholar

Karima bint Ahmad al-Marwaziyya

no photo available Best authority on Sahih of al-Bukhari

Khadija of the Maldives

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

Queen Arwa al-Sulayhi

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

Shahdah “the Writer”

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

Shajarat al-Durr

no photo available The first woman in Islam to assume the throne on her own right

Sitt al-Mulk

no photo available Fatimid Princess

Sultan Raziyya

photo of Sultan Raziyya Sultan of Delhi in India from 1236 to 1240; first woman ruler in Muslim history

Tindu

no photo available Mongol Queen of Baghdad

Umm Hani

no photo available Authoritative hadith transmitter and Traditionist

Zainab al-Nafzawiyya

no photo available Co-Ruler of Berber Empire

Zaynab bint Ahmad ibn `Umar

no photo available Hadith Scholar, Lecturer
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.