hend al mansour

“Walladah” Series (2004) - Saudi Artist HEND AL MANSOUR

The title of this piece is in reference to the late Andalusian Muslim poet ولادة بنت المستكفي Wallada bint al-Mustakfi  (1001-1091) who was known for her great intellect and beauty, and was part in several “controversial” stories during that time. She is the daughter of Muhammad III of Cordoba who was the Umayyad Caliph of Cordoba. According to several resources Wallada didn’t appreciate the constraints society placed on her and she would be defying those in several ways, including competing and winning poetry competitions that were dominated by men. Wallada is also known for her romantic relationship with the great Arab poet Ibn Zaydun, whom she left after discovering he was cheating on her with another woman, but later also discovered his relationship with another man as well and decided to out his homosexuality in revenge through one of her poems. Other sources report that their relationship ended due to Ibn Zaydun’s political positions that were against her father Muhammad III, who was the Caliph of Cordoba then. 

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