May Ziade Print

May Ziade Print

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High-resolution print of an original Watan art piece. This piece May Ziade against a background of stylized jasmine flowers.

  • This print pays homage to May Zaide, a Palestinian-Lebanese writer and translator. Born in the Ottoman period to a Maronite Lebanese father and Palestinian mother, Ziade attended primary school in Palestine and later moved to Lebanon for secondary schooling. She came to love Romantic literature and, due to her interest in language, became well acquainted in German, English, Italian, Latin, and Greek (aside from her native French and Arabic). From this, she built a reputation on translation various works of European literature into Arabic. Though she began to write her own works in French, Ziade developed her writing and came into her own in Arabic. Some of her most noted works of literature are 'Sawaneh Fatat', 'Al-Musawat', and others.
  • After losing many close loved ones--among them her lover Khalil Gibran (they never actually met but only exchanged letters up until his death)--Ziade succumbed to a deep depression and returned to Lebanon, where her relatives sent her to a psychiatric facility in order to control her estates (lol family). She was able to leave after a medical report confirmed she was of a sound state of mind. She died in 1941 in Cairo.
  • I won't get into her role as an Arab feminist because I'm not here to present feminist women as saving face for Arabs across the region. If that's what you're here for, ya ~orientalists~.
  • To read more about May and more information on her life and work, check this page:


  • Printed on Kodak Endura Professional Paper in a lustre finish.
  • Perfect for your college dorm, home, or office.