We know that the past can inspire the present, but what if the past is not known, or is known differently to what it was? History is mostly written and overshadowed by men, with women recorded as their intellectually inferior counterparts. Capturing female histories can transform the way women perceive themselves, and contribute to religious scholarship. This talk shares the stories of remarkable Muslim women, from a partially published 40-volume encyclopaedia, Al-Muhaddithat, which details biographies of 9000+ female scholars, reilluminating over 1000 years of lost Muslim female scholarship. It also explores visible and invisible barriers to female religious scholarship and leadership today.