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.


Anissa Naqrachi

photo of Anissa Naqrachi President and Founder, Nour Association for Solidarity with Rural Women

Chaiba Tallal

photo of Chaiba Tallal World Renowned Painter

Fatema Mernissi

no photo available Feminist author and sociologist

Fatima al-Fihri

no photo available Founded the University of Qarawiyyin, the oldest degree-granting university in operation.

Fatima Outaleb

photo of Fatima Outaleb Founding Member and Executive Board Member, Union de l’Action Féminine (Union of Women’s Action)

Fatima Sadiqi (MA, PhD)

photo of Fatima Sadiqi (MA, PhD) Author, women’s right advocate, cultural activism

Houda Marmouti

photo of Houda Marmouti Medical representative; Professional and personnel coach

HRH Princess Lalla Salma

photo of HRH Princess Lalla Salma Princess of Morocco

Maria Bichra Ep El- Hamzaoui

photo of Maria Bichra Ep El- Hamzaoui Director, Publishing Agency

Nabila Freidji

photo of Nabila Freidji CEO, Cash One

Najia Elboudali

no photo available President of the Association Synergie Civique in Morocco

Nawal El Moutawakel

photo of Nawal El Moutawakel Olympic Athlete

Rajaa Naji al Makkawi

photo of Rajaa Naji al Makkawi Law Professor, Nonprofit Leader

Sayyida al-Hurra

no photo available Pirate Queen

Souad Slaoui

no photo available Associate Professor in Linguistics and Gender Studies, Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah University

Zainab al-Nafzawiyya

no photo available Co-Ruler of Berber 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.