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Inspirations

Inspirations is a regular series featuring remarkable women and girls of Muslim heritage throughout history – from folklore to politics, from poetry to sport. Controversial and courageous,  creative and charismatic, these are not women who can be ignored. Through recognising the accomplishments of women and girls, we challenge the myth that women are passive creatures, and provide a source of inspiration to a new generation of women and girls.
Inspirations

Samira Bellil 1972-2004

‘Lots of girls, whom I knew at the time, and who, like me, had their childhoods wrecked by a rape and its aftermath  ̶  bad reps, total rejection and abandonment  ̶  “turned bad.”’ – Samira Bellil. Samira Bellil was a…

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Zeb-un-Nissa Hamidullah (1921- 2000)

I had written strongly because a grave injustice had been perpetuated … All I could do was pray that my magazine would survive the ban. – Zeb-un-Nissa Hamidullah Journalist, poet, novelist and political commentator, Zeb-un-Nissa Hamiduallah was one of the…

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Wallada bint al-Mustakfi 1001-1091

By Allah, I’m made for higher goals and I walk with grace and style – Wallada bint al-Mustakfi Wallada Bint al-Mustakfi was one of the most influential female poets of the medieval period. She was the daughter of the Umayyad…

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Zaha Hadid 1950- 2016

Zaha Hadid was an Iraqi-born British architect known for her deconstructive, avant-garde approach to design. Born into a cosmopolitan milieu in Baghdad, Zaha was intrigued by architecture from an early age. Her father was an industrialist and politician in post-Mandate…

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Hamideh Khanum Javanshir 1873-1955

It was the year 1905; the powerful waves of the revolution had started. In the summer in Shusha, Armenians and Moslems clashed and unrest was everywhere and the roads were dangerous. I was living in the village of Kahrizli, which…

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Atiya Fyzee 1877-1967

27 September 1907: The sea has reached its end; the shore of Bombay is here. We stepped on land, boarded a carriage and came to our house. Ah, I reached my homeland safely. I saw the dear faces of my…

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Sitt al-Mulk 970-1023

Sitt al-Mulk (Lady of the Empire) was the daughter of the fifth Fatimid caliph Nizar al-Aziz Billah and a Christian mother with Byzantine heritage. Al-Aziz’s tolerance for diversity extended beyond his private life: despite criticisms, under his rule non-Muslims were…

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Sakine Cansiz 1958 – 2013

I found life beautiful, even under shabby, routine and inadequate conditions. The revolutionary struggle made me happy and gave me life. I had self-confidence, feeling neither helplessness nor pessimism. My whole life was a struggle at every moment. This knowledge…

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Fahmida Riaz 1946-2018

What feminism means for me is simply that women, like men, are complete human beings with limitless possibilities – Fahmida Riaz   Writer, novelist, translator, activist and ‘poet of resistance’, Fahmida Riaz wrote over a 15 books of prose and…

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Rashid Jahan (1905-1952)

A man thinks as long as he has given a woman food and clothing he has done enough. The more conscientious husband would think he is being fair if he spends one night with one wife and the other with…

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Mariama Ba (1929-1981)

[My] book is often described as a ‘cry from the heart,’ and it is indeed a cry from the heart of all women everywhere. It is first a cry from the heart of Senegalese women, because it talks from the…

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Jahanara Begum (1614-1681)

Mughal princess, Sufi scholar and poet, Jahanara was the most powerful woman in the Mughal Empire for nearly thirty years of her life, responsible for shaping the city of Shahjahanabad, and managing the imperial household. Jahanara was the much-beloved eldest…

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Leyla Mammadbeyova (1909-1989)

Leyla Alasgar qizi Mammadbeyova, born Leyla Zeynalova, was the first female pilot in the Caucusus, Southern Europe and Middle Eastern region, as well as being a flight instructor who trained many other pilots. Mammadbeyova was famous across her native Azerbaijan,…

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Halet Cambel 1916-2014

Halet Çambel was one of the first Muslim women to compete in the Olympics. However, she is best known as one of Turkey’s most important archaeologists. Born in Berlin, Halet was the granddaughter of Ibrhaim Hakki Pasha, the Ottoman Ambassador…

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