The objective of this book is to present an illustrative introduction to a select number of Muslim women who have lived extraordinary lives and gone to influence their communities in a positive way, often overcoming extreme hardship and inaccurate stereotypes that have often been placed on the role of women in Islam.

The list of women in this book is in no way comprehensive or exhaustive. Nor is the book meant to be an academic study of their lives or a guide to what makes a good Muslim, per se. For more detailed studies on the lives of the women in this book, please refer to the bibliography section where many excellent writers and sources used for research are mentioned.

However, it is hoped that readers will gain a better understanding of the positive impact many Muslim women have had throughout the ages - irrespective of their nationality, race and profession - and hopefully feel inspired to pursue their life goals with increased vigor and compassion.