Andalusia, Silves(Shilb), Portugual
c. 12th c
Ashshilbiyya used her poetic prowess for political activism as was as personal acclaim in the Andalus Period. She was a determined woman who championed the causes of her abused people. Through her poetry she plead Almohaf Sultan Ya'qub al-Mansur, who repossessed Silves (Shilb) from the Portuguese, to save Shilb from the excesses of the governor and the tax collectors.
It's time for the proud eyes to cry, even the stones are weeping,Tell the emir when you reach his door
Classical Poems by Arab Women: A Bilingual Anthology, edited by Abdullahal-Udhari, Saqi Books, 1999, London