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!