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.

Adela Khanum

no photo available Kurdish Tribal Leader

Ameena Begum

no photo available Sufi Religious Figure and Poet

Asma Ibret

no photo available Female Ottoman calligrapher

Fatima Jinnah

no photo available Figure in the independence movement of Pakistan

Halide Edib Adivar

photo of Halide Edib Adivar Novelist, Professor, Women’s Activist

Lalla Fatma N’Soumer

photo of Lalla Fatma N’Soumer Religious scholar, Resistance Fighter

Sultan Kaikhusrau Jahan

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

Tjut Njak Dien

photo of Tjut Njak Dien Anti-Colonial Guerilla Fighter
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.