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Warda Yaziji Quotes
Warda Yaziji (Arabic: وردة اليازجي) (1838 – 1924) was a Lebanese poet who rose to prominence in the early 20th century, and is considered a pioneer for opening up the field of writing to women. Born in Kfar Shima, she was the daughter of poet and scholar Nasif Yaziji, and her brother was the notable scholar Ibrahim Yaziji. She published her first collection of poetry, Hadiqat Al-Ward (The Rose Garden) in Beirut in 1867. Her poetry inspired many women, most notably May Ziade. Her support for women’s rights led her to unveil herself in public, inspiring the designation of a commemorative portrait of her at the National Library in Beirut. Ziade published a eulogy for Warda in “Al-Muqtataf” which held Warda as a model and pioneer for future Arab women.
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