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.


Afnan Al Zayani

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

Fatima M. Al-Balooshi

photo of Fatima M. Al-Balooshi Minister of Human Rights and Social Development

Sheikha Haya Rashed Al-Khalifa

photo of Sheikha Haya Rashed Al-Khalifa Lawyer/Diplomat/President of the 61st United Nations General Assembly 2006-2007

Sheikha Hessa bint Khalifah al Khalifa

no photo available Founder and Executive Director of InJAz Bahrain, Member of royal family of Kingdom of Bahrain

Soroor Qarooni

photo of Soroor Qarooni Provides training on child abuse prevention and healing for social workers and caretakers of special needs children

Wajeeha Al-Baharna

photo of Wajeeha Al-Baharna Vice President, Bahrain Women’s Association
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.