Mahd al-Aadiyya

Mahd al-Aadiyya (Arabic: مَهد العادية) was supposedly an Arabic poet from around 4000 BCE.[1] She is unlikely to have existed:[2][3] Rather she is a chronicle character who is portrayed uttering a muzdawaj (heroic couplet)[4] warning the people of ʿĀd of their impending destruction by Allah, in accordance with the prophecies of the prophet Hud.


Moris Farhi (ed.) Classical Poems by Arab Women; translated by Abdullah al-Udhari, Saqi Books, 1999. ISBN 086356-096-2[5]


  1. Classical Poems by Arab Women: A Bilingual Anthology, ed. and trans. by Abdullah al-Udhari (London: Saqi Books, 1999), pp. 26-27.
  2. Roger Allen, review of: Approaches to Classical Arabic Poetry - Identification and Identity in Classical Arabic Poetry, M. C. Lyons, Gibb Literary Studies, 2 (Warminster: Aris & Phillips, 1999).
  3. Classical Poems by Arab Women: A Bilingual Anthology, Abdullah Al-Udhar (London: Saqi Books, 1999), Review of Middle East Studies, 35 (2001), 201-3 (at p. 202). DOI:
  4. al-Udhari, Abdullah (2017-01-16). Classical Poems by Arab Women: A Bilingual Anthology. Saqi Books. ISBN 9780863569302.
  5. ltd, codegent. "Poetry Magazines - Classical Poems by Arab Women". Retrieved 2017-09-10.
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