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.


Bina Bektati

photo of Bina Bektati Journalist

Dewi Fortuna Anwar

no photo available Professor; Member, UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters

Erika Halima Rubbo

photo of Erika Halima Rubbo Member of the CoReIs (Comunità Religiosa Islamica), academic

Lily Munir

no photo available Director of Center of Pesantren and Democracy Studies (CEPDES)

Livia Iskandar

photo of Livia Iskandar Co-Founder /International Director of PULIH Center for Trauma Recovery and Psychosocial Intervention, Shura Council Member

Megawati Sukarnoputri

photo of Megawati Sukarnoputri President of Indonesia, 2001-2004

Nani Zulminarni

photo of Nani Zulminarni National Coordinator, PEKKA (Women-headed Household Empowerment)

Nurjannah Ismail

photo of Nurjannah Ismail Lecturer, Faculty of Letter, State Institute for Islamic Studies (IAIN) Ar-Raniry

Rosnani Sahardin

photo of Rosnani Sahardin Senior Lecturer, Research and Teaching Assistant, Syiah Kuala University, Banda Aceh

Siti Musdah Mulia

photo of Siti Musdah Mulia Research Professor, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI)

Sri Wahyuni

photo of Sri Wahyuni Director, PATIMADORA

Suraiya It

no photo available Activist and academic

Tjut Njak Dien

photo of Tjut Njak Dien Anti-Colonial Guerilla Fighter
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.