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.


Asli Cakir Alptekin

photo of Asli Cakir Alptekin Track & FIeld

Aslihan Eker

no photo available Associate producer of Behind Walls: Women in Muslim Countries

Asma Ibret

no photo available Female Ottoman calligrapher

Aylin Yurdacan

photo of Aylin Yurdacan Member, TURKKAD

Ayse Önal

no photo available Journalist

Ayse Jale Mekis Diker

photo of Ayse Jale Mekis Diker Chairwoman and Managing Director, D&A Dis Ticaret A.S.; President, Ankara Soroptimist Club; President, TSKF Project Commission

Aysenur Bilgi Solak

photo of Aysenur Bilgi Solak Politician; Sociologist

Belgin Batum

photo of Belgin Batum Project Manager and Board Member, TURKKAD-Istanbul; Founder and Chairwoman, Nefes Publishing House

Beyza Zapsu

photo of Beyza Zapsu Founder and Chairperson, Young Lives Foundation (Genc Hayat Vakfı)

Brigitte Jelen

photo of Brigitte Jelen Assistant Professor, Bahcesehir University in Istanbul, Turkey

Cemalnur Sargut

photo of Cemalnur Sargut Spiritual teacher

Dilek Guldutuna

no photo available Doctor, Medical Centre Goethe Passage

Ebru Akpinar

no photo available Head Chef at Günaydın, a chain of meat restaurants in Istanbul, Turkey

Elif Erhan

photo of Elif Erhan Project Coordinator, TURKKAD

Elif Shafak

photo of Elif Shafak Novelist

Esin Celebi

photo of Esin Celebi Vice President, International Mevlâna Foundation

Esma Sultana

no photo available Princess of the Ottoman Empire

Fatma Unay

photo of Fatma Unay Writer; Designer

Halide Edib Adivar

photo of Halide Edib Adivar Novelist, Professor, Women’s Activist

Hatice Isil Sarraf

photo of Hatice Isil Sarraf Member, TURKKAD

Hulya Alper

no photo available Islamic theology scholar

Hurrem-Roxelana

no photo available Sultana of the Ottoman Empire

Kösem Sultan

no photo available One of the most powerful women of the Ottoman Empire

Leyla Pervizat

photo of Leyla Pervizat Women’s rights defender; Feminist researcher

Mihrimah Sultan

no photo available Only daughter of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent by Hürrem Sultan

Mihrimah Sultana

no photo available Princess of the Ottoman Empire

Nazli Kayahan

photo of Nazli Kayahan Board Member, Turkish Women’s Cultural Association Istanbul

Nese Tas

photo of Nese Tas Board Member, TURKKAD; Board Member, Nefas Publishing

Nurbanu Sultan

no photo available One of the First Great Valide Sultans
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.