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.
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.


Bibi Ayesha

no photo available Afghanistan’s Female Warlord

Famile Arslan

photo of Famile Arslan Lawyer, Arslan Lawyers, Shura Council Member

Farida Nekzad

photo of Farida Nekzad Journalist

Farkhunda Saamy

photo of Farkhunda Saamy Gender Advisor in the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission

H.B. (Hussn Banu) Ghazanfar

photo of H.B. (Hussn Banu) Ghazanfar Women’s Affairs Minister, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Jamila Afghani

photo of Jamila Afghani Head, Noor Educational and Capacity Development Organization (NECDO)

Kamela Sediqi

no photo available Women business owner under the Taliban

Karima bint Ahmad al-Marwaziyya

no photo available Best authority on Sahih of al-Bukhari

Mahfuza Folad

photo of Mahfuza Folad Director, Justice for All Organization

Malina Fahiz

photo of Malina Fahiz Managing Director of the Afghan Women Enterprise Network

Mari Folad

no photo available Member, Jalal Foundation

Marzia Basel

no photo available Founder and director of the Afghanistan Progressive Law Organization

Masouda Jalal

photo of Masouda Jalal Politician, Physician, Professor, and UN Employee

Massumah Kabir

photo of Massumah Kabir Manager of Jalal Foundation

Rangina Hamidi

photo of Rangina Hamidi President of Kandahar Treasure, the first women’s private enterprise in Kandahar.

Rasheeda Ahmadi

no photo available Interpreter/ Report Writer for Help Poor Women Organization (HPWO)

Roya Rahmani

photo of Roya Rahmani International Development and Governance consultant

Sadaf Rahimi

photo of Sadaf Rahimi Boxing/Olympics 2012

Sajia Behgum

photo of Sajia Behgum Gender and Policy Advisor in the GIZ Gender Mainstreaming Project, Organizer, Public Advocate

Shamsia Sharifi

no photo available General Director, Help Poor Women Organization

Shinkai Zahine Karokhail

photo of Shinkai Zahine Karokhail Elected Member of the Afghan Parliament; founding member of the Afghan Women’s Educational Center

Suraya Pakzad

photo of Suraya Pakzad Founder of the Voice of Women Organization (VWO)

Suraya Rahim Sobrang

no photo available Deputy Minister of Women’s Affairs

Umm Haram

no photo available Warrior and Martyr

Zainab Paiman

photo of Zainab Paiman Project Manager, GTZ Women Employment Promotion project (WEPP)

Zara Sanzari Adda

no photo available Kandahar Treasurer
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.