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Hind al-Hunnud

7th Century A.D.-7th Century A.D.
From: Saudi Arabia
Fields: Government and Politics, Military and Warfare
Key Words/Phrases: warrior queen
 
The last of the famed battle queens of pre-Islamic Western Arabia (now Saudi Arabia), Hind al-Hunnud led her forces in a battle against the prophet Muhammad. She was described by witnesses as "brandishing a broadsword with great gusto." After a battle she was known to climb to the top of a pile made of enemy corpses and boast of her martial prowess. After her husband went against her wishes and surrendered Mecca to Muhammad, she argued for his death as punishment for treason and cowardice.

Contributed by Danuta Bois, 1997.

Bibliography:
1.
Women Warriors: A History
by David E. Jones, Brassey's, 1997
2.
The Warrior Queens: The Legends and the Lives of the Women Who Have Led Their Nations in War
by Antonia Fraser, Vintage Books, 1994

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