Women of Islamic Studies

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Women of Islamic Studies is a crowdsourced database of women scholars who work on Muslims and Islam. This ongoing project is in its beta version. Once sufficient data has been collected I will partner with a university for a more stable home.

Women of Islamic Studies is intended to contest the prevalence of all-male and male dominated academic domains, such as editorial boards, conference panels, publications, guest speakers, bibliographies, books reviews, etc. and provide resources to support the recognition, citation, and inclusion of women scholars in the field of Islamic Studies. Anyone who identifies as a woman, gender non-conforming, or non-binary is welcomed on the list. The scholars listed come from a wide variety of disciplines and perspectives. “Islamic Studies” is meant to be as inclusive as possible, meaning anyone whose expertise is related to the understanding of Muslims and the Islamic tradition, and intended to demarcate a disciplinary boundary. Please feel free to list any relevant scholars who work on Islam and Muslims in any capacity. The crowdsourced contents are made possible by many contributors. Please add to our list and help spread the word.

Women of Islamic Studies is inspired by Women of Ancient History. Thanks to Sarah Bond for the support.


Kristian Petersen (University of Nebraska Omaha), Design Architect & Curator


The project’s goals have been formulated and sharpened by the example, advice, and feedback of several key advisors.

Megan Adamson Sijapati, Gettysburg College

Kecia Ali, Boston University

Anna Bigelow, Stanford University

Ayesha S. Chaudhry, The University of British Columbia

Sarah Eltantawi, Fordham University

Megan Goodwin, Northeastern University

Juliane Hammer, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Sadaf Jaffer, Princeton University

Ilyse Morgenstein Fuerst, University of Vermont

Laury Silvers, University of Toronto

Najeeba Syeed, Chicago Theological Seminary

Kayla Renée Wheeler, Xavier University

Danielle Widmann Abraham, Ursinus College


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