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.

Chand Bibi

no photo available Invincible Lady of Ahmadnagar

Gulbadan Banu Begum

no photo available Author of the Humuyanama

Hamida Banu Begum

no photo available Emperor Mother of the Mughal Empire

Hurrem-Roxelana

no photo available Sultana of the Ottoman Empire

Maham Anga

no photo available Regent of the Mughal Empire

Mariam uz-Zamani

no photo available Rajput Princess and Mughal empress

Mihrimah Sultan

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

Mihrimah Sultana

no photo available Princess of the Ottoman Empire

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

Raja Hijau

no photo available The Green Queen of Patani

Safiye Sultan

no photo available Advisor and Valide Sultan of the Ottoman Empire

Sayyida al-Hurra

no photo available Pirate Queen
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.