Encyclopedia of Female Islamic Saints

CATEGORIES

As many individuals fit into multiple categories, they will be placed in the most pertinent one. If they are from one place, they will only be placed in a different category if they are a saint and uniquely venerated there (ex. Saiyad Ali Fāthimā). If they belonged to multiple Sufi orders, they will be placed in the one they most active in or known for (ex. Jahānāra Begam). If they are venerated by multiple groups, they will be placed in the one they more closely belonged to or the one they are primarily venerated by (ex. Nafīsah aṭ-Ṭāhirah). They may be placed in more than one category in less clear circumstances. These categories are for convenience and organization’s sake and should not be taken as definitive.

Key

Not necessarily considered a saint.
A group or multiple persons.

By Geography


Europe

North Africa

West Africa

South Asia

Southeast Asia

West Asia

By Sect & Denomination


Presectarian

Imami Shi‘i

Isma‘ili

Sunni Sufi

Chishti Order

Naqshbandi Order

Qadiri Order

Rahmani Order

Rifa‘i Order

Shattari Order

Suhagi Order

Tijani Order

By Occupation


Author or Composer

Militant or Revolutionary

Monarch, Leader or Regent

Queen Consort, Co-regent or Imam’s Consort

Mystic

Ascetic

Spiritual Master or Teacher

(see shaykh, murshid, pīr, kyai/nyai)

Scholar

Educator

Missionary

(see dā‘ī, pīr)

Traditionist

(see muḥaddith)