In this compendium of remarkable Muslim figures throughout history—with stunning portraits and illustrations by Saffa Khan—authors Saadia Faruqi and Aneesa Mumtaz introduce the reader to many of the Muslim physicians, musicians, athletes, poets, and more whose contributions have influenced the world we live in.
This richly illustrated biographical collection highlights some of the talented Muslims who helped make the world we know today, for readers who loved Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls.
A brilliant surgeon heals patients in the first millennium.
A female king rules the Indian subcontinent.
A poet pours his joy and grief into the world’s bestselling verses.
An iconic leader fights for civil rights.
And many, many more.
Throughout history—from the golden age of the empires of Arabia, Iraq, Persia, and India, up to modern day—Muslims have shaped our world in essential ways, with achievements in music, medicine, politics, human rights, literature, sports, technology, and more. Give this book to readers who are excited to learn about great figures and thinkers in world history!
Saadia Faruqi is a Pakistani American writer, interfaith activist, and cultural-sensitivity trainer. She is the author of the children’s early-reader series Yasmin and the middle grade novels A Thousand Questions and Yusuf Azeem Is Not a Hero and the coauthor of the middle grade novel A Place at the Table. She resides in Houston, TX, with her family.
Aneesa Mumtaz is a Pakistani American educator and academic writer. She served as the principal of St. Patrick’s College of Education in Karachi and is a founding member of the Society of Pakistani English Language Teachers (SPELT). Aneesa now lives in Michigan with her family.
Saffa Khan is an artist focusing on illustration and print through DIY culture, creating tangible, self-published printed matter on the themes of identity, community, and mental health. They utilize print as an accessible medium to skill-share and platform marginalized communities.