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.


Afra Jalabi

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

Aisha Lee Shaheed

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

Atiya Fatima Khan

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

Ayesha S. Chaudhry

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

Azam Ali

no photo available Singer

Farheen Khan

no photo available Consultant, activist, author of From Behind the Veil: A Hijabi’s Journey to Happiness

Fatima Seedat

photo of Fatima Seedat Ph.D Candidate at McGill University/Co-Founder Shura Yabafazi

Ghazal Omid

no photo available Iranian-Canadian author of Living in Hell

Itrath Syed

no photo available Social justice activist

Khadija Haffajee

photo of Khadija Haffajee Educator and Community activist

Nevin Reda

photo of Nevin Reda Shura Council Member

Nuzhat Jafri

photo of Nuzhat Jafri Executive Director, Office of the Fairness Commission (Ontario)

Raheel Raza

no photo available Interfaith & Intercultural Diversity Consultant; Author and Speaker

Seemi Bushra Ghazi

photo of Seemi Bushra Ghazi Lecturer in Classical Arabic, University of British Columbia

Shamira E. Abdulla

no photo available Scholar of gender and social justice in South Asia and Islam

Tara Uzra Dawood

photo of Tara Uzra Dawood Entrepreneur/Columnist/Expert on Women & Investment/ Consultant /Speaker

Wahida Valiante

no photo available President of the Canadian Islamic Congress
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.