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.


Adela Khanum

no photo available Kurdish Tribal Leader

Al-Khayzuran bint Atta

no photo available Abbasid Queen

Amat al-Wahid

no photo available Early Master of Qur’an

Fawzia Al-Attia

photo of Fawzia Al-Attia Professor of Sociology-Baghdad University

Rabi’a al-Basri

photo of Rabi’a al-Basri Sufi Saint

Shahdah “the Writer”

no photo available Calligrapher and one of the most distinguished Islamic scholars (ulema)

Tindu

no photo available Mongol Queen of Baghdad

Umm al-Muqtadir-Billah

no photo available Mother of the Caliph

Yanar Mohammed

no photo available Co-Founder of the Organisation for Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI)

Zaha Hadid

no photo available Iraqi-British architect

Zubeida bint Jaf’ar

no photo available Influential Princess of the Abbasid Empire
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.