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.


Dina Zaman

photo of Dina Zaman Writer, Media personality, and public relations consultant

Fuziah Salleh

photo of Fuziah Salleh Member, Malaysian Parliament (People’s Justice Party)

Hartini Zainudin

no photo available Managing Director/Founder, Rumah Jagaan Kanak Kanak NurSalam

Jamilah Ariffin

photo of Jamilah Ariffin President, Asia-Pacific Forum on Families

L. Heidi Primo

photo of L. Heidi Primo Head, King Abdullah Scholars Program

Marina Mahathir

photo of Marina Mahathir Former President of the Malaysian AIDS Council and Chair of the Malaysian AIDS Foundation

Melati Abdul Hamid

no photo available Federal Counsel at the International Affairs Division of the Attorney General’s Chambers of Malaysia

Norhayati Kaprawi

photo of Norhayati Kaprawi Muslim Woman Activist

Ratnawati Osman

no photo available Sisters in Islam Program Manager

Rosey Wang Ma

photo of Rosey Wang Ma Research Fellow, Department of Islamic History and Civilization at the University Malaya

Tom Saufi

no photo available Fashion Designer

Tuanku Nur Zahirah

photo of Tuanku Nur Zahirah Queen of Malaysia

Zainah Anwar

photo of Zainah Anwar Malaysian women’s rights activist

Zarizana Abdul Aziz

photo of Zarizana Abdul Aziz Lawyer / Director, Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML)

Zuriani “Ani” Zonneveld

no photo available Songwriter and Singer
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.