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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

Roshan Ara Begum 1917-1982

Now I just spend my time in prayer and praise God through my ragas. – Roshan Ara Begum Roshan Ara was known as the Queen of Music, a master vocalist. She sang in classical South Asian musical traditions, associated with…

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Tahia Carioca 1915-1999

A lot of people think I am impolite but I am not…I’m straightforward. – Tahia Carioca Tahia Carioca was a dancer and movie star, who became known as the Marilyn Monroe of the Arab world. She was one of the…

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Nawal el Saadawi 1931-2021

The oppression of women is historical. We have to liberate women economically, socially, psychologically, physically, religiously. – Nawal el Saadawi Nawal el Saadawi was one of the foremost, and most controversial, feminists in the Arab world, whose fierce and uncompromising…

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Khadija Gayibova 1893-1938

‘I’m an artist. My musical world is in mourning…Even if they send me into exile, I won’t be destroyed. I’ll set up a music club and dance, sing and play.’ – Khadija Gayibova Khadija Gayibova was a the first professional…

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Latifa Zayyat 1923-1996

The woman at the beginning of her second marriage was a different woman from the one she was at the end of it, and during both these phases, she was different from the woman who entered the City Prison in…

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Fatima Sheikh fl. 1850s

Indian educationalist Fatima Sheikh is known for her commitment to universal education in India, as shown through her collaboration with the social reformers Savitribai Phule and Jyotirao Phule in teaching women and lower-caste children. The Phule couple were major social…

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Aziza Amir 1901-1952

I gave birth to her daughter and her name was Egyptian Cinema – Aziza Amir Aziza Amir was a pioneer of Egyptian cinema, creating and starring in a series of motion pictures, often melodramas. She was born in Alexandria, as…

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Kurmanjan Datka 1811-1907

Kurmanjan Datka is regarded as the mother of the Kyrgyz peoples for her efforts to make peace with Russia and preserve the Kyrgyz identity. Kurmanjan was the daughter of Mamatnay, a nomadic Kyrgyz tribesman and stockbreeder from Mungush. She was…

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Laleh Bakhtiar 1938-2020

The feminine perspective is extremely important, because no one has paid attention to it in any of the translations (of the Qur’an) into other languages. So it is very easy to misintpret the role of women in Islam, or ignore…

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Rebiya Kadeer 1946 –

‘I want to be the mother of all Uyghurs, the medicine for their ills, the cloth with which they dry their tears, and the cloak to protect them from the rain.’ – Rebiya Kadeer Rebiya Kadeer is a businesswoman and…

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Aisha al-Manoubia c. 1190-1267

Aisha al-Manoubia, also known as Lalla Manoubia, was a Berber woman who rose to become the highest authority on Sufism in Tunisia. She was considered one of the four spiritual guardians of the capital city Tunis. Aisha was born in…

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