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.


Aishah bint Muhammad

no photo available 14th century hadith scholar

Dayfa Khatun

no photo available Queen of Aleppo; regent ruler and architectural patron

Gaida Hinnawi

no photo available Performer

Khawlah bint Al-Azwar

photo of Khawlah bint Al-Azwar Fighting Skills and Swordsmanship as well as Courage

Lana Antaki

photo of Lana Antaki Board member and a trainer Al Moubadara Al Nissa’yeh

Mariam “Al-Astrolabiya” Al-Ijliya

photo of Mariam “Al-Astrolabiya” Al-Ijliya Designing and constructing Astrolabes

Mouna Ghanem

photo of Mouna Ghanem Director, Center for Development

Sabah Al Hallak

photo of Sabah Al Hallak Member of the Syrian Women League

Zaynab bint Sulayman

no photo available Princess and Teacher
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.