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 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.

Aisha bint Abu Bakr

no photo available Extensive knowledge of Islam and Islamic jurisprudence; hadith transmitter; social and military leader of the Muslim community

Al Shifa bint Abdullah

no photo available Medical Practitioner, Teacher, Public Administrator

Al-Khayzuran bint Atta

no photo available Abbasid Queen

Amat al-Wahid

no photo available Early Master of Qur’an

Amrah bint Abdur-Rahman

no photo available Jurist, a Mufti, and Hadith specialist

Dayfa Khatun

no photo available Queen of Aleppo; regent ruler and architectural patron

Fatima al-Fihri

no photo available Founded the University of Qarawiyyin, the oldest degree-granting university in operation.

Fatima al-Nisaburiya

no photo available Sufi Master

Fatima bint Muhammad

no photo available Mother of Shi’ism

Hafsa bint Umar

no photo available “The Memorizer of the Qur’an”

Jamila al-Medina

no photo available Singer, Musician

Khadijah bint Khuwaylid

no photo available The first convert to Islam, ‘Mother of the Believers’ and ‘The Best of Women’

Khawlah bint Al-Azwar

photo of Khawlah bint Al-Azwar Fighting Skills and Swordsmanship as well as Courage

Lady Nafisa

no photo available Early teacher of Islam to women and girls

Mariam “Al-Astrolabiya” Al-Ijliya

photo of Mariam “Al-Astrolabiya” Al-Ijliya Designing and constructing Astrolabes

Maymuna bint Al-Harith

no photo available Last wife of the Prophet Muhammad--"Mother of the Believers"

Nusayba bint Ka’b al-Ansariyah

no photo available Early convert to Islam, first female to fight in defense of Islam

Rabi’a al-Basri

photo of Rabi’a al-Basri Sufi Saint

Umm Aiman Barakah

no photo available One of the closest companions of the Prophet and earliest converts to Islam

Umm al-Muqtadir-Billah

no photo available Mother of the Caliph

Umm Habibah

no photo available Early convert to Islam; Prophet Muhammad’s wife; a Mother of the Believers

Umm Salamah

no photo available Prophet Muhammad’s Wife and ‘Mother of the Believers’

Umm Waraqa bint Abdallah

no photo available Qur’anic scholar; nicknamed ‘the female martyr’; led first mixed prayers

Umrah bint Abdur-Rahman

no photo available Early Jurist and Hadith transmitter

Zaynab bint Khuzayma

no photo available Wife of the Prophet Muhammad, known as "Mother of the Poor"

Zaynab bint Sulayman

no photo available Princess and Teacher

Zubeida bint Jaf’ar

no photo available Influential Princess of the Abbasid Empire
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.