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Maria Alphaizuli

Flourished end of 11th century, Seville, Spain

The correct name of this person is MARIAM BINT ABU YA’QUB.

Professor and poet Mariam (Miriam, Maryam) wrote satiric epigrams and was known for her biting wit. Sometimes called the Arabic Corinna, she taught rhetoric, literature, and poetry. She was born in Silves but made her home at Seville, one of the cultural centers of Islamic Spain. Her father’s name is variously given as Abu Ya’qub al-Ansari or Ya’qub al-Faisuli.