Zarqa al Yamama

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Zarqa al-Yamama (Arabic: زرقاء اليمامة, romanizedZarqāʾ al-Yamāma) was a legendary blue-eyed woman from the Al-Yamama region who lived in the pre-Islamic Arabia. She belonged to the Jadīs tribe and was known for her exceptional intuition, sharp eyesight, and ability to predict events before they occurred.[1]

Zarqa al-Yamama’s legend[edit]

According to the ancient tale, Zarqa's tribe relied on her powers in detecting enemies and defending their land; as she was believed to have the ability to see riders from the distance of one week. In hopes to evade Zarqa's gaze, enemies of her tribe decided to hide behind trees which they carried. Zarqa noticed what was going on and alerted her tribe that the trees were moving towards them and that they hid soldiers behind them. To her dismay, members of her tribe thought she was going mad and choose to ignore her warning. The troops of Hassan al-Himyari eventually reached her tribe and killed every man in the camp, then they tore out Zarqa's eyes and crucified her.[2]


  1. ^ Jedamski 2009, p. 136.
  2. ^ "The story of blue-eyed woman of Yamama!". Oman Observer. 28 August 2020.


  • Jedamski, Doris (2009). Chewing Over the West: Occidental Narratives in Non-Western Readings. Rodopi. ISBN 9789042027831.