Amazing Muslims Who Changed the World

Amazing Muslims Who Changed the World


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Think you know who first thought of the theory of evolution? Ever wondered who created the oldest university in the world? And have you heard the incredible tale of the masked knight - a rebel girl who became a military commander?

Meet just some of the amazing Muslim men and women who have changed our world - from pirate queens, nurses, warriors, scientists, actors, and mathematicians, to courageous ordinary men and women doing extraordinary things. You'll find people you might know, like Malala Yousafzai, Mo Farah and Muhammad Ali, as well as some you might not, such as:

Hasan Ibn Al-Haytham: the first scientist to prove theories about how light travels, hundreds of years before Isaac Newton
Sultan Razia: a fearsome female ruler
G. Willow Wilson: the comic book artist who created the first ever Muslim Marvel character
Ibtihaj Muhammad: the Olympic and World Champion fencer and the first American to compete in the games wearing hijab.
Noor Inayat Khan: the Indian Princess who became a British spy during WWII

© Burhana Islam 2020 (P) Penguin Audio 2020

About the authors

Burhana Islam

Born in Bangladesh, raised in Newcastle and currently residing in the outskirts of Manchester, Burhana Islam is a storyteller who is passionate about exploring themes of heritage, belonging, identity and faith in both her children's and YA works. She studied English Literature at Newcastle University before deciding to become a secondary school teacher, sharing her love for stories with a new generation of curious, young minds.
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Nabi H. Ali (Illustrator)

Nabi is a Tamil American freelance illustrator based in Orange County, California. He works with character designing, painting, and making theological art. In his spare time, Nabi enjoys reading, learning languages, researching syncretic theology, and writing poetry.
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Reya Ahmed (Illustrator)

Reya Ahmed is a visual artist from Calcutta. Her illustrations explore themes ranging from feminism to architecture. Her inspirations are rooted in the city of and in her experiences of growing up in a Bengali-Muslim household. She can often be found alone at cafes, sketching strangers from a distance.
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Saffa Khan (Illustrator)

Saffa Khan is an Illustrator and publication maker exploring themes such as identity, community and mental health. They deconstruct and translate daily feelings, conversation and intimate thoughts into self-published printed matter using Risography. Their practice also involves skill-sharing and community engagement through DIY culture, aiming to platform and publish works by marginalised voices through their community press, Tender Hands (@tenderhandspress).
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Aaliya Jaleel (Illustrator)

Aaliya Jaleel is a freelance illustrator, designer, and visual development artist, currently majoring in Animation at the University of Texas at Dallas. She is also the illustrator of Under My Hijab and Muslim Girls Rise. You can visit her online at
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Deema Alawa (Illustrator)

Deema Alawa is a New York born illustrator passionate about non-traditional art and design. Her work draws from her dual Syrian-Danish heritage, contemporary art, and eclectic design. Deema has worked with companies such as The Tempest and Kastor and Pollux, intersecting her background in art direction with her passion for design and illustration.

Deema first dove into illustration when she was five years old, scribbling stick figures and wild animals onto dog-eared paper. While her art style has progressed since then, she still has difficulty illustrating stick figures.

This is her first book.
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Aghnia Mardiyah (Illustrator)

Aghnia Mardiyah is a London-based Illustrator and Character Designer with a passion for children's books and animation. She is drawn to fun, bright and vibrant colours. When she isn't disappearing under piles of work, she loves to travel! Exploring foreign places, exciting new sights and sensations is what inspires her the most!
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