Muslim Women: Past and Present

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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.


Abida Mahmood

photo of Abida Mahmood Administrator and teacher trainer at the Qurban & Surraya Educational Trust

Abida Malik

photo of Abida Malik Senior Vice President, Behbud Association of Pakistan

Abida Parveen

photo of Abida Parveen Singer

Anbreen Ajaib

no photo available Program Manager Women’s Rights, Bedari

Arifa Nazle

photo of Arifa Nazle Manager of Communications, Shirkat Gah Women’s Resource Centre

Asma Barlas

photo of Asma Barlas Qu’ranic and Islamic research, studies on women and gender in Islam, and Comparative and International and Politics

Atiqa Odho

photo of Atiqa Odho Media personality, CEO of Odho Productions and Odho Cosmetics

Azra Abbas

no photo available Poet

Benazir Bhutto

photo of Benazir Bhutto First Female Prime Minister of Pakistan

Faiza Shahrukh

photo of Faiza Shahrukh Head of The Sanjan Nagar Public Education Trust School

Fatima Jinnah

no photo available Figure in the independence movement of Pakistan

Fauzia Janjua

photo of Fauzia Janjua Financial and Banking Consultant, First Women Bank Limited

Hinna Maqsood

photo of Hinna Maqsood Social worker; Life skills trainer

Kashmala Tariq

photo of Kashmala Tariq Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan

Kulsum Dawood

photo of Kulsum Dawood Trustee on the Board of Dawood Foundation

Mariam Sultana

photo of Mariam Sultana Doctorate in astrophysics

Meeran Karim

photo of Meeran Karim Political activist and organizer

Mukhtaran Mai

photo of Mukhtaran Mai Women’s rights advocate

Naela Quadri

no photo available Conscience promoter and member of the Democratic woman association, Balochistan

Nafis Sadik

photo of Nafis Sadik Special Advisor to UN Secretary General

Nageen Hyat

photo of Nageen Hyat Rights Activist and Curator/Founder-Director of the Nomad Gallery

Nahida Mahboob Ellahi

photo of Nahida Mahboob Ellahi Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan

Najmi Sarwar

no photo available Advocate for primary and secondary education for girls in rural Pakistan

Parveen Shakir

photo of Parveen Shakir Urdu Poetry

Qasiera Sheikh

no photo available Entrepreneur

Qudsia Huma Khan

photo of Qudsia Huma Khan Principal of the Junior School, Qurban and Surraya Educational Trust

Razia Bhatti

no photo available Journalist

Sadia Atta Mehmood

photo of Sadia Atta Mehmood Project Officer for the Youth Program of the UNFPA Pakistan

Samina Bashir

no photo available Assistant Professor, Faculty of Shariah & Law, International Islamic University

Sarah Hashwani

no photo available Chairman of Hashoo Foundation and creator of Plan Bee
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.