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.


Baroness Pola Uddin

photo of Baroness Pola Uddin First Muslim woman Elected into the UK’s House of Lords

Dr. Huda Himmat

no photo available Activist; Entrepreneur

Faeeza Vaid

photo of Faeeza Vaid Coordinator of the Muslim Women’s Network/ Chairperson of Sister 2 Sister

Farah Zeb

no photo available Services Manager for Refuge

Fareena Alam

no photo available Editor of Q-News.

Hammasa Kohistani

no photo available Crowned Miss England

Ilona Yusuf

no photo available Writer

Lauren Booth

no photo available Journalist for Press TV; Activist

Mary Batool Al-Toma

photo of Mary Batool Al-Toma Director, New Muslims Project

Mina al Oraibi

no photo available Journalist at Asharq Alawsat

Monica Ali

no photo available Author of Brick Lane

Nadira Mirza

photo of Nadira Mirza Dean, School of Lifelong Education and Development; Director of Access, Public, and Community Engagement

Naveeda Ikram

no photo available First Muslim Woman to be a Lord Mayor in the UK

Noor Inayat Khan (Code Name: Madeleine)

photo of Noor Inayat Khan (Code Name: Madeleine) Special Agent WWII / Writer / Nurse

Parvin Ali

photo of Parvin Ali CEO, FATIMA Women’s Network

Rebecca Rafique

photo of Rebecca Rafique Senior Consultant, Whitepaper Consultancy

Reshmi Siddique

no photo available Psychiatric research scientist and author

Rohema Miah

photo of Rohema Miah Director, Whitepaper Consultants

Sadia Nosheen

photo of Sadia Nosheen Fashion Designer

Sara Silvestri

photo of Sara Silvestri Assistant Professor in International Politics at City University London

Sarah Elenany

photo of Sarah Elenany Fashion Designer

Sarah Joseph

no photo available Founder and editor, emel magazine

Sarah Mendly

photo of Sarah Mendly First Muslim to Enter & Win, Miss Nottingham Pageant; Participant, Miss England Beauty Contest

Sayeeda Warsi

no photo available Minister in British Cabinet, co-chairman of the Conservative Party

Shabana Mahmood

no photo available Member of British Parliament

Shahida Ahmed

no photo available Ceramic Artist

Shahien Taj

photo of Shahien Taj Founder & Executive Director of Henna Foundation

Shaista Gohir

no photo available Activist, Executive Director of the Muslim Women’s Network UK

Shelina Zahra Janmohamed

photo of Shelina Zahra Janmohamed Author of “Love in a Headscarf”

Sobia Malik

photo of Sobia Malik Educational Consultant
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.