Anousheh Ansairi, pictured above, is the first Muslim woman in space. Students could research these women and develop presentations. Below is a list of the women with their accomplishment. For many, I have provided a clickable link that will give you more information.
- Rab'ia al-Adawiyya, Iraq, (717-801 C.E.): set forth the doctrine of “Divine Love?” Here is a link to some of her poetry.
- Fatima al-Fihri:, (Morocco, unknown-880C.E.): founded of the oldest degree-granting university in the world?
- Nana Asma'u, (Nigeria, (1793-1864): was one of the first advocates for Muslim women.
- Sultan Raziyya, India, 1205-1240): She was a Sultan of Delhi from 1336 to 1240. In the 19th century, she traveled throughout the Middle East and northern Africa educating women in poor and rural regions.
- Laleh Bakhtiar, USA, 1938-Present): Her “The Sublime Quran” is first translation by an American of the Quran into English.
- Shirin Ebadi, Iran, (1947-Present): the first Muslim woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for promoting democracy and human rights in Iran.
- Daisy Khan, (USA, 1958-Present): founded the Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality (WISE) which works for women’s rights in Islam.
- Anousheh Ansari USA, (1966-Present): In 2006, she became the first Muslim woman to go into space.
- Dr. Amina Wadud (USA, 1952-Present): the first female imam to lead a mixed-congregation prayer.