Lubna of Cordoba was an
Arab-Andalusian intellectual of the second half of the tenth century. It is
said that she was a servant of the Caliph Al-Hakkam II, but most manuscripts
say that she was her secretary.
knows anything about her privatelife. We don’t
know if she was married or if she
had any children.
She also worked as a poet,librarian and translator. She had a perfect calligraphy so she was forced to write and
translate many manuscripts for the Caliph because he collected many of them to
attract wise men to his court.
Her library had more than 100000
books. Lubna was the promotor of the creation of the famous library « The Medina Azahara ».
And she had the help of Hasday Ibn Shaprut.
Unfortunately, 48 years later, Lubna
and the other women burnt all the books and manuscripts of the library because
they were feirful their ideas were diffused.
There was another secretary of Al-Hakam II called Fatima. In those times, women didn’t know
anything, and Lubna had much experience in poetry, geometry, Arabic
grammar …and this is
why she was one of the most important arab - muslim