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.


Fawzia Khondker

photo of Fawzia Khondker National Gender Specialist for the Scope Project

Habiba Akter

photo of Habiba Akter Founder and Executive Director, Ashar Alo Society (AAS)

Kamrun Nahar

photo of Kamrun Nahar Soil scientist and environmentalist

Khaleda Zia

photo of Khaleda Zia First Female Prime Minister of Bangladesh

Naz Ahmed Georgas

no photo available Advocates for building interfaith relationships

Nazma Akter

no photo available Forming her own Union

Sheikh Hasina Wazed

photo of Sheikh Hasina Wazed Prime Minister of Bangladesh

Sumi Khan

photo of Sumi Khan Journalist

Syeda Sultana Razia

photo of Syeda Sultana Razia Associate Professor of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
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.