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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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.

Abeer Al-Namankany

photo of Abeer Al-Namankany Pediatric Dentist, Hypnotherapist, Dental Phobia treatment expert, Columnist, Writer, and Social activist

Abida Mahmood

photo of Abida Mahmood Administrator and teacher trainer at the Qurban & Surraya Educational Trust

Abida Malik

photo of Abida Malik Senior Vice President, Behbud Association of Pakistan

Abida Parveen

photo of Abida Parveen Singer

Abida Sultan

no photo available Crown Princess of Bhopal

Adriana Rose Kaplan Marcusan

photo of Adriana Rose Kaplan Marcusan Director and Chair, Knowledge Transfer at the Department of Social Anthropology (Universitat Autònoma of Barcelona)

Afnan Al Zayani

photo of Afnan Al Zayani Television cooking show star, activist, multi-million dollar company

Afra Jalabi

photo of Afra Jalabi Columnist for the Saudi daily Al Yaum, Shura Council Member

Aheda Zanetti

photo of Aheda Zanetti Fashion Designer

Aisha H.L Al-Adawiya

photo of Aisha H.L  Al-Adawiya Founder and President of Women In Islam Inc.

Aisha Lee Shaheed

no photo available Writer/researcher, networker for Women Living Under Muslim Laws

Aisha Rafea

photo of Aisha Rafea Co-leader, The Egyptian Society for Spiritual and Cultural Research (ESSCR), Shura Council Member

Aishah Elinor Holland

no photo available Calligrapher and teacher

Aishah Shahidah Simmons

photo of Aishah Shahidah Simmons President / Documentary Filmmaker / Lecturer, AfroLez® Productions, LLC

Aja Black

no photo available Performer

Akanke Abdul-Khalliq

photo of Akanke Abdul-Khalliq Communications Specialist

Akiedah Mohamed

no photo available Documentary filmmaker

Alaa Nasief

photo of Alaa Nasief Founder and General Manager of Hadara

Aliya Mustafina

photo of Aliya Mustafina 2012 most decorated Russian Gymnast


no photo available Singer-songwriter

Amal Mahmoud Fayed

photo of Amal Mahmoud Fayed Secretary General, Forum for Women in Development

Amel Azouz

photo of Amel Azouz Member, Women’s Office of the Islamic Party, Ennahdha; English Instructor

Amina Cachalia

photo of Amina Cachalia Human Rights Activist

Amina Wadud

photo of Amina Wadud Islamic Scholar and Consultant

Amina Zuberi

photo of Amina Zuberi Chairlady, Tangana Women Development Group

Aminah Assilmi

no photo available Director of the International Union of Muslim Women

Aminah McCloud

photo of Aminah McCloud Director, Islamic World Studies Program and Professor at DePaul University

Aminata Lo

no photo available Islamic scholar

Anbreen Ajaib

no photo available Program Manager Women’s Rights, Bedari

Ani Zonneveld

photo of Ani Zonneveld Performer

Anisa Abd el Fattah

no photo available Founder the National Association of Muslim American Women

Anisa Mehdi

no photo available Journalist and Filmmaker

Anissa Naqrachi

photo of Anissa Naqrachi President and Founder, Nour Association for Solidarity with Rural Women

Anjum Babukhan

photo of Anjum Babukhan Director of Education, Glendale Academy

Anjum Malik

photo of Anjum Malik CEO of the Alhambra US Chamber of Commerce

Anousheh Ansari

photo of Anousheh Ansari First Female Muslim in Space

Arfa Khan

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

Arifa Nazle

photo of Arifa Nazle Manager of Communications, Shirkat Gah Women’s Resource Centre

Arzoo Osanloo

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

Asha A. Samad

photo of Asha A. Samad Professor and Human Rights Specialist, City University of New York

Ashraf Pahlavi

no photo available Princess of Iran

Asli Cakir Alptekin

photo of Asli Cakir Alptekin Track & FIeld

Asli Sancar

photo of Asli Sancar Author

Aslihan Eker

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

Asma Afsaruddin

photo of Asma Afsaruddin Professor, Indiana University, Shura Council Member

Asma Barlas

photo of Asma Barlas Qu’ranic and Islamic research, studies on women and gender in Islam, and Comparative and International and Politics

Asma Jamil Sadiq

photo of Asma Jamil Sadiq Director of Child Development at the Beth Israel Medical Center/Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein School

Asma Siddiki

no photo available Associate Dean for Development at the Dubai School of Government

Asmaa Mahfouz

photo of Asmaa Mahfouz Political Activist

Asmal Mooneera

no photo available Consultant and Activist, Social uplifting

Asra Q. Nomani

no photo available Founder of Muslims for Peace

Assia Djebar

photo of Assia Djebar Writer, Filmmaker

Atifete Jahjaga

no photo available Kosovo’s first female president

Atiqa Odho

photo of Atiqa Odho Media personality, CEO of Odho Productions and Odho Cosmetics

Atiya Fatima Khan

photo of Atiya Fatima Khan Well-known producer, director, researcher, and writer for the Pakistani advertising and television industry

Ausma Khan

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

Ayesha Mattu

photo of Ayesha Mattu Writer, Photographer, Philanthropy Consultant, and Board Member of the Muslim Women's Fund

Ayesha S. Chaudhry

photo of Ayesha S. Chaudhry Professor/Author/Gender and Social Justice

Ayisha Amatu Rahim Jeffries

photo of Ayisha Amatu Rahim Jeffries Vice President of Global Affairs and Senior Policy Advisor on Gender Equity, President of the African-American Islamic Institute

Aylin Aykan

photo of Aylin Aykan Pianist and Composer

Aylin Yurdacan

photo of Aylin Yurdacan Member, TURKKAD

Ayse Önal

no photo available Journalist

Ayse Jale Mekis Diker

photo of Ayse Jale Mekis Diker Chairwoman and Managing Director, D&A Dis Ticaret A.S.; President, Ankara Soroptimist Club; President, TSKF Project Commission

Aysenur Bilgi Solak

photo of Aysenur Bilgi Solak Politician; Sociologist

Azam Ali

no photo available Singer

Aziza Abdel-Halim

photo of Aziza Abdel-Halim Currently President of the Muslim Women’s National Network Australia

Aziza Ahmed

photo of Aziza Ahmed Assistant Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law

Azizah al-Hibri

no photo available President and Founder, Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights

Azizah Kahera

photo of Azizah Kahera Chief Operation Officer, Azizah Magazine

Azra Abbas

no photo available Poet

Azza Karam

photo of Azza Karam Senior Culture Advisor, United Nations Population Fund

Baroness Pola Uddin

photo of Baroness Pola Uddin First Muslim woman Elected into the UK’s House of Lords

Bayan Jondy

no photo available Fashion Designer

Belgin Batum

photo of Belgin Batum Project Manager and Board Member, TURKKAD-Istanbul; Founder and Chairwoman, Nefes Publishing House

Benazir Bhutto

photo of Benazir Bhutto First Female Prime Minister of Pakistan

Betty Shabazz

photo of Betty Shabazz Social Activist and Educator

Betul Yilmaz

no photo available Cofounder, Muslim Voices

Beyza Zapsu

photo of Beyza Zapsu Founder and Chairperson, Young Lives Foundation (Genc Hayat Vakfı)

Bibi Ayesha

no photo available Afghanistan’s Female Warlord

Bilkisu Yusuf

no photo available Adviser to the Nigerian President on International Affairs/ Columnist/ Executive Director of Advocacy Nigeria

Bina Bektati

photo of Bina Bektati Journalist

Bina Sharif

photo of Bina Sharif Playwright and Artist

Binta Jammeh-Sidibe

photo of Binta Jammeh-Sidibe Executive Director of the Association for the Promotion of Girls' and Women's Advancement in the Gambia (APGWA)

Brigitte Jelen

photo of Brigitte Jelen Assistant Professor, Bahcesehir University in Istanbul, Turkey

Brook Samad

no photo available Fashion Designer

Camille Adams Helminski

photo of Camille Adams Helminski Co-Director (and co-founder) of The Threshold Society, Shura Council Member

Canguzel Guner Zulfikar

no photo available Turkish instructor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Cemalnur Sargut

photo of Cemalnur Sargut Spiritual teacher

Chaiba Tallal

photo of Chaiba Tallal World Renowned Painter

Cherry (Shenazz) Muslim

no photo available Lecturer in School of Religion, Philosophy, and Classics, University of KwaZulu-Natal (Howard College)

Christina Safiya Tobias-Nahi

photo of Christina Safiya Tobias-Nahi Director of Public Affairs, Islamic Relief USA

Claire Alkouatli

photo of Claire Alkouatli Founder and Research & Development Manager, Enchanted Garden Child Enrichment Center

D. Sharifa Khanam

photo of D. Sharifa Khanam Founder, STEPS Women’s Development Organization

Dahlia Eissa

no photo available Executive Director of the Arab American Justice Project

Daisy Khan

photo of Daisy Khan Executive Director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement

Dalia Ziada

no photo available Human rights activist and blogger

Dawood Sharifa Khanam

no photo available Founder, STEPS Women’s Development Organization
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.