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.


Abida Sultan

no photo available Crown Princess of Bhopal

Anjum Babukhan

photo of Anjum Babukhan Director of Education, Glendale Academy

Chand Bibi

no photo available Invincible Lady of Ahmadnagar

D. Sharifa Khanam

photo of D. Sharifa Khanam Founder, STEPS Women’s Development Organization

Dawood Sharifa Khanam

no photo available Founder, STEPS Women’s Development Organization

Farheen Syeed Kapra

photo of Farheen Syeed Kapra Lawyer, Shura Council Member

Gulbadan Banu Begum

no photo available Author of the Humuyanama

Hamida Banu Begum

no photo available Emperor Mother of the Mughal Empire

Jahanara

no photo available Early Sufi scholar, princess, and daughter of Shah Jahan

Maham Anga

no photo available Regent of the Mughal Empire

Mariam uz-Zamani

no photo available Rajput Princess and Mughal empress

Mumtaz Mahal

no photo available Inspiration for the Taj Mahal

Naish Hasan

photo of Naish Hasan Women’s rights activist, writer

Nasima Aziz

no photo available Culinary

Nur Jahan

photo of Nur Jahan Empress of the Mughal India

Roshanara Begum

no photo available Mughal Princess and Poetess

Sadia Dehlvi

photo of Sadia Dehlvi Columnist

Salma Arastu

no photo available Artist

Shabana Azmi

photo of Shabana Azmi Acclaimed Indian actress and activist

Sheeba Aslam Fehmi

photo of Sheeba Aslam Fehmi Columnist for “Gender Jihad”

Sheema Khan

no photo available Writer

Shyama Baskar

no photo available Fine Jewelry Artisan

Sohaila Abdulali

photo of Sohaila Abdulali Author, Activist, Researcher, Public Speaker

Sultan Kaikhusrau Jahan

photo of Sultan Kaikhusrau Jahan Ruler of Bhopal State, 1901-1926 CE

Sultan Raziyya

photo of Sultan Raziyya Sultan of Delhi in India from 1236 to 1240; first woman ruler in Muslim history

Zakia Nizami Soman

no photo available Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (Indian Muslim Women’s Movement), Founding Member

Zebunnisa

no photo available Sufi Princess of the Mughals
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.