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.


Hanan Muaddi

photo of Hanan Muaddi Head of the Documentation and Advocacy Unit at the Women’s Center for Legal Aid and Counseling (WCLAC)

Judge Kholoud Al-Faqih

photo of Judge Kholoud Al-Faqih Judge, Sharia Court of Ramallah

Najah Amro

photo of Najah Amro Head of Research and Islamic Jurisprudence, Office of Chief Justice of Shariah Court

Nathalie Handal

photo of Nathalie Handal Poet and playwright

Raja Rantisi Hamayel

photo of Raja Rantisi Hamayel Professor, Author

Sahar Al-Qwasmi

photo of Sahar Al-Qwasmi Member, Palestinian Legislative Council

Solafa Sawalha

photo of Solafa Sawalha Director of Family Counseling and the Rehabilitation Department, Shar’iah Court

Wafa Amr

photo of Wafa Amr Journalist
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.