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Tumāḍir bint ʿAmr ibn al-Ḥārith ibn al-Sharīd al-Sulamīyah (Arabic: تماضر بنت عمرو بن الحارث بن الشريد السُلمية‎), usually simply referred to as al-Khansāʾ (Arabic: الخنساء‎, meaning "snub-nosed", an Arabic epithet for a gazelle as metaphor for beauty) was a 7th-century tribeswoman, living in the Arabian Peninsula. She was one of the most influential poets of the pre-Islamic and early Islamic periods.In her time, the role of a female poet was to write elegies for the dead and perform them for the tribe in public oral competitions. Al-Khansāʾ won respect and fame in these competitions with her elegies, and is widely considered as the finest author of Arabic elegies and one of the greatest and best known female Arab poets of all time. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Al-Khansa has received more than 127,120 page views. Her biography is available in 24 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 23 in 2019). Al-Khansa is the 1,352nd most popular writer (up from 1,396th in 2019), the 115th most popular biography from Saudi Arabia (down from 104th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Saudi Arabian Writer.

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  • 130k

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  • 68.20

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  • 24

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 2.89

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.58

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among writers, Al-Khansa ranks 1,352 out of 5,794. Before her are Gore Vidal, Léon Werth, Hugo Claus, Ödön von Horváth, Sugawara no Michizane, and Phillis Wheatley. After her are Heiner Müller, Adolph Freiherr Knigge, Régis Debray, Nadezhda Mandelstam, Charles De Coster, and James Ellroy.

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Among people born in 575, Al-Khansa ranks 3Before her are Heraclius and Pope Boniface V. After her is Cynegils. Among people deceased in 645, Al-Khansa ranks 2Before her is Saint Gall.

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In Saudi Arabia

Among people born in Saudi Arabia, Al-Khansa ranks 115 out of 222. Before her are Imru' al-Qais (501), Antarah ibn Shaddad (525), Muqrin bin Abdulaziz (1945), Al-Waqidi (747), Hudhayfah ibn al-Yaman (600), and Ali of Hejaz (1879). After her are Ka'b ibn al-Ashraf (600), Muhammad ibn Abi Bakr (631), Abu Darda (580), Hassan ibn Thabit (554), Al-Mughira (600), and Abul Kalam Azad (1888).

Among WRITERS In Saudi Arabia

Among writers born in Saudi Arabia, Al-Khansa ranks 4Before her are Hind bint Utbah (510), Jamal Khashoggi (1958), and Antarah ibn Shaddad (525). After her are Ka'b ibn al-Ashraf (600), Hassan ibn Thabit (554), Al-A'sha (570), and Raif Badawi (1984).