Muslim women can beat everyone else. They are some of the most successful and brilliant women around the globe but we just don’t know them enough.
Here are the 20 Muslim heroines who have done some amazing work and are recognized for it. It now time we pay our tributes to them. These women belong to all five main regions of the Islamic World, namely, South East Asia, South and Central Asia, Gulf and Persia, Maghreb and North Africa, and North America and Europe.
Dr Sameera Moussa (March 3, 1917 – August 5, 1952)
She was an Egyptian nuclear scientist with doctorate in atomic radiation. Her focus was medical use of nuclear technology. She organized the Atomic Energy for Peace Conference and sponsored the organizing of an international conference under the banner “Atoms for Peace”.
Prof. Nesreen Ghaddar
Dr. Ghaddar is a founding member of the Energy Research Group (ERG), a multi-disciplinary group of researchers who conduct basic and applied energy research for sustainability in Lebanon and other areas.
Professor Bina Shaheen Siddiqui
Dr. Siddiqui has made noteworthy assistance to medicine and agriculture through her study and classification of indigenous plant materials. She has been awarded several patents for anticancer constituents and biopesticides and has written more than 250 research articles.
Professor Samira Ibrahim Islam
She is a noted Saudi pharmacology researcher and professor. She is also the first woman in Saudi Arabia to earn a Ph.D. who also introduced formal university education for girls in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Prof. Rabia Hussain
Prof. Rabia Hussain, the Ghulamali Hirji Professor and Chair of Microbiology at Aga Khan University, recently became the first Pakistani to receive the prestigious Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) award in Basic Medical Sciences for the year 2000, for her exceptional research contributions in the field of immunity to infectious diseases.
Prof. Khatijah Mohd Yusoff
She has a degree in Microbiology since 1979. She then won a La Trobe University research scholarship to complete her PhD on Genetic and molecular analysis of plasmid. Her academic excellence and findings have been of great importance to the world.
Dr. Ismahane Elouafi is Director General of International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) since 2012. Before that, she led the Research and Partnerships Division at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Ismahane holds a PhD in Genetics (Cordoba University, Spain) and has a passion for Science that amazes everyone.
Prof. Ilham Al Qaradawi
Professor Ilham Al Qaradawi is professor of Nuclear Physics at Qatar University and Adjunct Professor of Physics at Texas A&M University in Qatar. Over the past decade, Al Qaradawi has established a positron lab and successfully built the first variable energy slow positron beam in the Middle East. Her research is concentrated in the field of positron physics. Al Qaradawi is involved with Europe’s CERN in the Antihydrogen experiment AEGIS.
Dr. Sania Nishtar
Sania Nishtar is a Pakistani, Former Federal Minister of Education & Training, Science and Technology, Information Technology and Health, Physician cardiologist, author, health science writer, science administrator, thinker, peace builder, key health policy voice, member of advisory groups and boards, Founder and President of NGO think tank Heartfile, Heartfile Health Financing and Pakistan Health Policy Forum. All that and much more through her contributions to society.
Prof. Dr Nuket Yetis
Prof. Dr. Yetis has a Ph. D. in Industrial Engineering from Istanbul Technical University, and an MBA in Operations Management and B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Bosphorus University. Prof. Dr. Nuket Yetis is President of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBITAK) since August 2008; she was Acting President from 2004-2008.
Dr. Hessa Al Jaber
Hessa Al Jaber is a Qatari engineer, academic and politician. She is the former secretary general of ictQATAR. She has been serving as minister of communication and information technology since 26 June 2013. In recognition of her public service, Al Jaber was honored by the ministry of interior as the “National Figure of the Year” on 24 December 2008 to honor key Qatari figures which made significant contributions during that year. In 2012, she was also named the 30th most powerful Arab woman by Arabian Business.
Ameenah Gurib-Fakim graduated from the University of Surrey in 1983 with a BSc in Chemistry then with a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Exeter in the UK in 1987. She has worked at the Mauritius Research Council in Mauritius as Manager for Research and Development and has been Dean of the Faculty of Science and is presently the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Teaching and Learning at the UoM. She has been elevated to the Order of the Commander of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean by the Government of Mauritius in 2008 and to the Order of the ‘Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques’ by the Government of France in 2009.
The Emerging Champions
Dr. Hina Chaudhry
Dr. Chaudhry holds a B.S. in Chemistry and a B.S. in Biology with a thesis in Physics from MIT, and obtained her M.D. with Honors from Harvard Medical School. She is board-certified by the American Board of Medicine in both Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease. Her findings regarding key genetic regulators of cell division in the heart and the use of stem cells will help pave the way for growing new heart muscle cells in patients after a heart attack. She has several patents pending for methods to prevent degeneration of heart tissue after heart attack or during heart failure.
Dr. Hayat Al Sindi
Dr. Hayat bint Sulaiman bin Hassan Sindi is a Saudi Arabian medical scientist and one of the first female members of the Consultative Assembly of Saudi Arabia. She is famous for making major contributions to point-of-care medical testing and biotechnology. She was ranked by Arabian Business as the 19th most influential Arab in the world and the ninth most influential Arab woman.
Dr. Maryam Matar
Maryam Matar is one of the UAE’s finest public servants. After working in several public health positions, Matar launched a series of outreach initiatives, including ‘UAE Free of Thalassemia 2012’. She has also launched the UAE Down’s Syndrome Association in 2005 and the UAE Genetic Diseases Association in 2006. Matar was the first Emirati woman to hold the director general in the Dubai government, at the Community Development Authority. She is the deputy chairwoman of Dubai Cares.
Professor Adeeba Kamarulzaman
A graduate of Monash University and trained in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases in Melbourne Australia, Dr. Adeeba Kamarulzaman established the Infectious Diseases Unit at the University of Malaya Medical Centre, which has become one of the country’s leading infectious diseases and HIV/AIDS tertiary referral centers. She has directed and managed the development of infectious diseases in both its clinical and research components.
Maryam Mirzakhani is an Iranian mathematician, Professor of Mathematics at Stanford University. She is an alumna of National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents (NODET) Tehran, Iran. She found international recognition as a brilliant teenager after receiving gold medals at both the 1994 International Mathematical Olympiad (Hong Kong) and the 1995 International Mathematical Olympiad (Toronto), where she finished with a perfect score. Mirzakhani obtained her BSc in Mathematics (1999) from the Sharif University of Technology. She holds a PhD from Harvard University (2004).
Dr. Ghada Amer
Ghada Amer is the Deputy CEO for the Arab Science and Foundation Technology (ASTF) and an associated professor of electrical engineering at High Institute of Technology, Benha University. Ghada Amer received her training on Control and instrumentation in electrical engineering (B.Sc. 1995), Electrical Power Engineering (M.Sc., 1999) and PhD. degree in Electrical Power Engineering from faculty of engineering, Cairo University in 2002.
Dr. Rana Dajani
Dr. Rana Dajani teaches molecular biology and is the Director of the Center for Studies at the Hashemite University of Jordan. She is also the founder of the initiative We Love Reading, which aims to encourage children in the Arab world to read for pleasure
Dr. Rim Al Turkamani
Dr Turkmani is well known in Syria and the United Kingdom. She is a physicist by qualification but is also an historian who’s authority is considered to be authentic on most matters.
Muslim women are changing the world and so can you! All it needs is little motivation.