Celebrating #MuslimWomensDay

Muslim Women's Day, Muslim Women, Islam, Hijab Fashion, Modest Dressing, Halima Aden, Zaha Hadid, Amna Al Habtoor
On #MuslimWomensDay, we highlight a cross section of inspirational women from across the Arab world, as featured in the 10th anniversary issue of Harper’s Bazaar Arabia. Read about these women (and more) in the March issue

Fatima al-Fihri

Founder of al-Qarawiyyin in Morocco in 859, the world's oldest continually-operating university.

Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi

Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi

Image: Getty

The UAE’s first woman to hold a ministerial post in the UAE, Sheikha Lubna now promotes coexistence and respect as the Minister of Tolerance.

Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa

Shaikha Mai

Photography: Loredana Mantello

The President of the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, Shaikha Mai dedicates her life to preserving Bahraini culture. 

Amna Al Habtoor

Amna Al Habtoor

Photography: Ethan Mann

Amna, the daughter of Sultan Al Habtoor, president of Habtoor Motors, debuts Arcadia - a line of luxury perfumes inspired by her Emirati heritage.

Razan Alazzouni

Razan Alazzouni

Photography: Jovana Obradovic

The Saudi Arabian designer reveals her homage to Middle Eastern needlework that manifests in her S/S17 collection, her largest to date.

Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid

Photography: Brigitte Lacombe

The late Iraqi architect produced work in the UAE and abroad that left an indelible mark on the design landscape forever.

Abeer Al Amiri

Abeer Al Amiri

Photography: Ethan Mann

At just 27-years-old, the CrossFit coach founded #TheADMovement, an online community that organises physical events for women.

Abeer Al Khaja

Abeer Al Khaja

Photography: Ethan Mann

The Emirati entrepreneur co-founded the Ana Gow Running Club with a community of like-minded women.

Sara Ahmed

The first woman from an Arab country to win an Olympic medal in weightlifting, Sara didn't let her dresscode hold her back and competed in a long-sleeved top and sports hijab.

Haya Alsharhan

Haya Alsharhan

Photography: Ethan Mann

The first female trainer in Kuwait with a CrossFit Level-1 certification to coach classes, Haya won first place in the 2015 Battle of the East.        

Halima Aden

Walking in Kanye West’s Yeezy show in New York, and Max Mara and Alberta Ferretti’s shows in Milan, the Somali-American model provides a modern and modest face within fashion.

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