Some Contemporary Women Authors

Ruqaiyyah Waris Maqsood

Ruqayyah W.Maqsood is author of many books on Islam and other subjects. She gained her honours degree in Theology in 1963, and Post Graduate Teaching Certificate in 1964, with distinctions in theory and practice. Her professional life was spent as Head of Religious Studies at various UK inner city secondary schools, until she retired in 1996, to concentrate on writing and lecturing.

Brought up as a a devout Christian, but converted to Islam in 1986. Already established by then as an author of books on Christian and educational topics, she has since devoted her time to writing on Islam and doing dawah work to both Christian and Muslim audiences. She regularly addresses school and church groups, and has a keen interest in presenting Islam as a world faith, especially raising the awareness of Muslims in the traditional Islamic societies of the western and northern hermisphere converts to Islam (with cultural backgrounds totally different from Muslims of the Middle East and equatorial countries).

Ruqaiyyah's main interests lie in the Madinah period, the genealogy of the Prophet and his companions, the importance of re-establishing good relationships between the Peoples of the Book (as opposed to rather ignorant hostility), and the battle to preserve Islam as the one true faith, tolerant, noble, and compassionate - in face of the growth of the 'other Islam' which is extremist and intolerant, and which she regards as both false and dangerous.

Maryam Jameelah

Maryam Jameelah (May 23, 1934 - October 31, 2012) was an author of over thirty books on Islamic culture and history and a prominent female voice for conservative and fundamentalist Islam, known for her disparaging writings on the west. She was born Margaret Marcus to a Jewish family in New Rochelle, NY, USA in 1934. She grew up in a secular environment, but at the age of nineteen, while a student at New York University, she developed a keen interest in religion.

She embraced Islam in New York in 1961, and soon after began to write for the Muslim Digest of Durban, South Africa. Her articles outlined a pristine view of Islam and sought to establish the truth of the religion through debates with critics.

Aisha Abdurrahman Bewley

Aisha Abdurrahman Bewley is one today’s most prolific translators of classical Arabic work into English. Aisha Bewley not only understands Arabic but she is also aware of the basic meanings and nature of teachings and history of Islam. Her knowledge is born of experience and direct transmission, not merely academic theory and learning by rote. For more than twenty-five years she has been concerned with making the contents of many classical works in Arabic more Accessible to English-speaking readers for the first time, including Ash-Shifa of Qadi Iyad.

She is co-translator The Noble Qur'an A New Rendering of its Meaning in English . Other works include -Al-Muwatta of Imam Malik , Glossary of Islamic Terms, Islam: The Empowering of Women, Muslim Women A Biographical Dictionary.

Myriam Francois

Myriam Francois-Cerrah is a broadcaster at TRTWorld and a writer for a number of outlets including the New Statesman and Middle East Eye. She is a Research Associate at SOAS Centre of Islamic Studies and a PhD researcher at Oxford university…

Huda Khattab

Huda Khattab is a British-born Muslim writer who holds a BA (Hons.) degree in Arabic from the School of Oriental and African Studies (London University). She is the author of The Muslim WomenÆs Handbook and Stories from The Muslim World, and has also translated several books from Arabic. Huda Khattab is married, and lives with her husband and children in Toronto, Canada.

Leila Abouzeid

Leila Abiuzeid born in 1950, is Morocco’s best known female writer. In addition to poetry, newspaper articles, short stories, and translations, she has published three books: a novel, Year of the Elephant in 1984 (translated into English in 1990), an autobiography, Return to Childhood: The Memoir of a Modern Moroccan Woman in 1993 (English translation, 1998) and in 2003, The Last Chapter , a semi-autobiographical work dwelling on identity, gender, and male-female relations. Abouzeid has deliberately chosen to write in Arabic—not in French—although many of her works have been translated into foreign languages.

Dr. Aisha Utz

Dr.Aisha Utz (formerly Aisha Hamdan) is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology in the College of Medicine at King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She has a PhD. in Clinical Psychology from West Virginia University and a BA in Islamic Studies from the American Open University.

She has written several journal articles related to the topic of psychology in Islam and presented these ideas at regional and international conferences. Dr. Utz is Associate Editor of the Faith-Based Practice section of the Journal of Muslim Mental Health. She has developed several courses in psychology for the Islamic Online University, and is currently developing a research program to study the relationship between religiosity, religious coping, and mental and physical health in Muslim populations.

Zainab al-Ghazali al-Jubaili

Zainab al-Ghazali al-Jubaili was born in Egypt in 1917. At the age of twenty she formed a major women's charitable organization which rendered valuable service to the poor , orphans and the underprivileged. Although she had acquaintance with Shaikh Hasan al-Banna, the founder of the Ikhwan al Muslimeneen since the late 30's and actively participated in many Islamic programmes, she formally joined the Muslim Brotherhood (al-Ikhwan al-Muslimun) in 1948.

After the assassination of Hassan al-Banna in 1949 , she played a major role in the re-orginasitation of the Muslim Brotherhood .She was arrested in 1965 for an alleged conspiracy to kill Jamal 'Abd al-Nasir and overthrow his government .She was released from prison in 1971 during Anwar Sadat's presidency . In addition to being very active in Da'wah work, Zainab al-Ghazali has been a prolific write, contributing regularly to major Islamic journals and periodicals. Her latest book is a two-volume study on the Tafsir of the Qur'an.

Shetha Al-Dargazelli

Shetha Al-Dargazelli is a British scholar who was born in Baghdad, Iraq. She graduated from the Physics Department, College of Sciences, Baghdad University, where she obtained also her M.Sc. in Nuclear Physics. She obtained a PhD in Elementary Particle Physics from the Physics Department, Durham University, UK.

Dr Al-Dargazelli taught at Universities in Iraq where she was appointed professor in 1991. She moved with her husband Dr Louay Fatoohi to the United Kingdom in 1992, where she worked at Durham University and Aston University.

Umm Muhammad, Aminah Assami

Umm Muhammad Aminah Assami was born in southern California in 1940 and embraced Islam in 1974 in Syria after completing intensive Arabic language courses. In 1981 she moved to Saudi Arabia, and has taught classes in tafseer and basic fiqh at the Islamic Cultural Center in Jeddah since 1991. She has authored and/or revised more than 70 Islamic books in English, mostly for Dar Abul-Qasim.

Her precise translation skills and effective writing style has gained her an impressive reputation appreciated by a dedicated reading audience. Some of her bestselling titles are The Global Messenger, Realities of Faith, The Path to Prayer, The Marriage Procedure in Islam, The Forty Hadith of al-Iman an-Nawawi (in which each hadith is accompanied by explanatory notes), and From the Guidance of Surah Ya Seen.

Asma Lamrabet

Asma Lamrabet is currently working as a pathologist in Avicenna Hospital. For many years, she had been a volunteer doctor in public hospitals in Spain and Latin America, mainly in Santiago de Chile and Mexico. Accordingly, she has been involved in reflecting on women’s issues in Islam for many years. She also delivered many lectures on this topic at various conferences all over the world. In this regard, she focuses on rereading Holy Scriptures from a feminist perspective.

She was also the coordinator of a research and reflection group on Muslim women and intercultural dialogue in Rabat-Morocco. She was appointed the president of GIERFI (International Group of Studies and Reflection on Women and Islam) in 2008 located in Barcelona. Asma Lamrabet has been the Director of Studies and Research Centre on Women’s Issues in Islam of Rabita Mohammadia des Ulemas located in Rabat, Morocco since 2011. She is also the author of many articles tackling Islam and women’s issues, as well as other numerous books.

Na'ima B Robert

She is 'Muslim, Black, mixed-race, Southern African, Western and woman all in one'. Descended from Scottish Highlanders on her father's side and the Zulu people on her mother's side, she was born in Leeds and grew up in Zimbabwe.
She went on to gain a first-class degree from the University of London. Having worked in marketing, the performing arts, teaching and the travel and tourism industry, she now has a wonderful time being a mum, writing children's books and running SISTERS, a magazine for fabulous Muslim women.
She divides her time between South London and Egypt and is a wannabe Somali in her spare time, still struggling to learn to read it!

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