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.


Aisha H.L Al-Adawiya

photo of Aisha H.L  Al-Adawiya Founder and President of Women In Islam Inc.

Aishah Elinor Holland

no photo available Calligrapher and teacher

Aishah Schwartz

photo of Aishah Schwartz Founder and Director of Muslimah Writers Alliance (MWA)

Aishah Shahidah Simmons

photo of Aishah Shahidah Simmons President / Documentary Filmmaker / Lecturer, AfroLez® Productions, LLC

Aja Black

no photo available Performer

Ameena Begum

no photo available Sufi Religious Figure and Poet

Amina Wadud

photo of Amina Wadud Islamic Scholar and Consultant

Aminah Assilmi

no photo available Director of the International Union of Muslim Women

Aminah McCloud

photo of Aminah McCloud Director, Islamic World Studies Program and Professor at DePaul University

Ani Zonneveld

photo of Ani Zonneveld Performer

Anisa Abd el Fattah

no photo available Founder the National Association of Muslim American Women

Anisa Mehdi

no photo available Journalist and Filmmaker

Anjum Malik

photo of Anjum Malik CEO of the Alhambra US Chamber of Commerce

Anousheh Ansari

photo of Anousheh Ansari First Female Muslim in Space

Arfa Khan

no photo available Founding member of American Muslims and Jews in Dialogue

Arzoo Osanloo

no photo available Professor of anthropology and women’s rights activist.

Asha A. Samad

photo of Asha A. Samad Professor and Human Rights Specialist, City University of New York

Asli Sancar

photo of Asli Sancar Author

Asma Afsaruddin

photo of Asma Afsaruddin Professor, Indiana University, Shura Council Member

Asma Jamil Sadiq

photo of Asma Jamil Sadiq Director of Child Development at the Beth Israel Medical Center/Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein School

Asra Q. Nomani

no photo available Founder of Muslims for Peace

Ausma Khan

no photo available Editor-in-chief of Muslim Girl magazine

Ayesha Mattu

photo of Ayesha Mattu Writer, Photographer, Philanthropy Consultant, and Board Member of the Muslim Women's Fund

Ayisha Amatu Rahim Jeffries

photo of Ayisha Amatu Rahim Jeffries Vice President of Global Affairs and Senior Policy Advisor on Gender Equity, President of the African-American Islamic Institute

Aziza Ahmed

photo of Aziza Ahmed Assistant Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law

Azizah al-Hibri

no photo available President and Founder, Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights

Azizah Kahera

photo of Azizah Kahera Chief Operation Officer, Azizah Magazine
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.