Nusaybah bint Ka’ab

Nusaybah bint Ka'ab

Hailing from the Arabian town of Medina, Nusaybah bint Ka’ab was one of the earliest converts to the Muslim religion. She fought beside the prophet Muhammad himself at the battle of Uhud in 625, picking up sword and shield during a desperate moment to turn the battle’s tide back in their favor. She survived at least twelve major wounds during the ordeal.

I’m not Muslim myself, or even the least bit religious at all, but I wanted to draw a Muslim Arab chick who was also a warrior. Thankfully, the historical existence of women like Nusaybah meant I didn’t even need to take creative license with that concept!

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2 thoughts on “Nusaybah bint Ka’ab

  1. Fred Curran

    Just for historical accuracy, The crescent was never used as a symbol in early Islam and came into existence with the Ottoman empire which borrowed it from gothic Greek symbols, the star was added much later with the beginning of nation states of the former Islamic caliphate.
    As always, great work.

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