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.


Absh Khatun

no photo available Sovereign of the Sulghurid Dynasty

Ashraf Pahlavi

no photo available Princess of Iran

Azar Nafisi

no photo available Writer

Farkondeh Keyhani

no photo available Senior Television Producer and President of Eghlime Noor Institute

Farkondeh Keyhani

no photo available Senior television producer, Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB); President, Eghlime Noor Institute

Fatima al-Nisaburiya

no photo available Sufi Master

Fatimah Al-Juzdani

no photo available Iranian Scholar

Forugh Farrokhzad

no photo available Poet and Filmmaker

Hoda Mobasseri

photo of Hoda Mobasseri Manager, the Adult Education Centre for Women and Families; Content Supervisor, the Persian Female Portal

Jila Baniyaghoob

photo of Jila Baniyaghoob Freelance Iranian Reporter

Kamin Mohammadi

photo of Kamin Mohammadi Journalist, travel writer, and broadcaster

Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh

no photo available Founding member of several initiatives to promote women’s rights

Mahnaz Afkhami

no photo available Former Government Minister and Women’s Rights Campaigner

Naghmeh Samini

no photo available Playwright

Nahid Angha

no photo available Cofounder and Codirector of the International Association of Sufism

Neda Mirzadeh

no photo available Fashion Designer

Shadi Ghadirian

photo of Shadi Ghadirian One of Iran’s leading contemporary photographers

Shahla Sherkat

no photo available Journalist

Shirin Ebadi

photo of Shirin Ebadi First Muslim woman and Iranian to Receive the Nobel Peace Prize

Simin Behbahani

no photo available Poet and Activist

Tayebeh “Leila” Asadi

photo of Tayebeh “Leila” Asadi Project Manager at the Aid Facilitator Institute
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.