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.


Aisha Rafea

photo of Aisha Rafea Co-leader, The Egyptian Society for Spiritual and Cultural Research (ESSCR), Shura Council Member

Amal Mahmoud Fayed

photo of Amal Mahmoud Fayed Secretary General, Forum for Women in Development

Asmaa Mahfouz

photo of Asmaa Mahfouz Political Activist

Dalia Ziada

no photo available Human rights activist and blogger

Eman Fawzi

photo of Eman Fawzi Former Executive Director, Egyptian Association for Society Development

Gihan Abdu Zaid

photo of Gihan Abdu Zaid Regional Consultant, Regional Bureau of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Hadil El-Khouly

photo of Hadil El-Khouly Young Women’s Caucus Coordinator for Musawah

Hanan Gewefel

photo of Hanan Gewefel Founder and Senior Breast Imaging Consultant at Women and Fetal Imaging Center

Heba Amin

photo of Heba Amin Artist

Heba Metwally

photo of Heba Metwally Researcher/ English translator/media specialist at the State Information Service

Huda Shaarawi

photo of Huda Shaarawi Feminist /Women's Rights Advocate/Egyptian Nationalist/Author

Iman Abdel Wahed

photo of Iman Abdel Wahed Member of New Woman Foundation (NWF)

Jehan Sadat

photo of Jehan Sadat Associate Resident Scholar at the University of Maryland

Lady Nafisa

no photo available Early teacher of Islam to women and girls

Lamees El Hadidi

no photo available Executive Chief Officer, Al Alam Al Youm Newspaper

Magda Amer

photo of Magda Amer Biochemist, Naturopath, and Caller of Islam

Maha G. Abouelenein

no photo available Managing Director, Organizational Consultants Inc., Egypt

Mozn Hassan

photo of Mozn Hassan Head of Nazra for Feminist Studies

Nawal El Saadawi

photo of Nawal El Saadawi Novelist

Rawya Mansour

photo of Rawya Mansour Founder and Chairperson, RAMSCO for Sustainable Development and Environmental Protection

Rehab El-Bakry

no photo available Deputy Editor, Business Monthly, Egypt

Samah Said Helmy

photo of Samah Said Helmy Team Leader of Violence against Women Project for the National Council for Women in Cairo

Sanaa A. M. Makhlouf

photo of Sanaa A. M. Makhlouf Senior Instructor, Department of Rhetoric and Composition at the American University in Cairo

Shajarat al-Durr

no photo available The first woman in Islam to assume the throne on her own right

Sitt al-Mulk

no photo available Fatimid Princess

Suzanne Mubarak

photo of Suzanne Mubarak First Lady of Egypt

Tahany el-Gebali

no photo available Egypt's First Female Judge

Umm Hani

no photo available Authoritative hadith transmitter and Traditionist
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.