Naziq al-Abid

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Naziq al-Abid (1898–1959) was known as the "Joan of Arc of the Arabs". She was a pioneer and revolutionary for both national independence and women's rights.

Early life[edit]

Abid was born into a wealthy Damascus family in 1898. Her father was an aristocrat and an insider in the court of Ottoman Sultan Abdulhamid II. She lived a life of luxury as a child, but when she began to think for herself, she left her luxurious life for a life of activism and fighting—on the battlefield, and off. As a young adult, Abid's feminist actions infuriated Damascus's conservative circles, and she was viewed as very different from everyone in her family and community—being called a rebel by many. She left her jewels and silks for simple attire that she could easily work in.

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