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Lalla Sadiya of Bilad al-Sham (Syrian Arabic) by Gambargin Lalla Sadiya of Bilad al-Sham (Syrian Arabic) by Gambargin
 Lalla Sadiya bint Imamaddin mn Banu Khudayarid of Madinat al-Yasmin, Bilad al-Sham

"Rest in peace father....I shall carry on this mission for you" 

A concept drawing for the Levantine/Syrian Arabic Women Warriors in the Historically Wrong Sketch Series: Medieval Revisited, which is roughly based on the Middle ages covering 800 AD to 1400 AD. She represents the height of the Ummayad Caliphate in the 9th century, just after the Rashidun Calipahte, decades after the death of prophet Muhammad (PBUH)


This drawing, is for a matter of fact, is inspired by the conversation I had with few Syrian refugee I've met. Indeed, the ones who suffer the most in war are mostly the civilians who lost their homes, friends and families. It doesn't really matter what religion we belief in, or what political ideologies we identify ourselves as.....because in War, everyone is equal in its destruction. War is a mighty beast, glorious to some and terrifying to many; it does not determine who is right, it only determines who is left.... :(

Having said that though, I will only keep the explanation brief, as I'm running out of words to explain the overall commentaries in detail. Her drawing is loosely inspired by contemporary depictions of 8th-early 9th century Ummayad Elite warriors, which is fitting given that she represents the Ummayad caliphate in the Historically Wrong Sketch series context. While the Turban on the helmet was worn to identify herself as Arabs, her heavy lamellar armor is most likely of Persian or Eastern Roman origin, given that the Arabs constituted minorities in recently conquered territories under the Ummayad. This is especially true in the Levant area, where Arabic and Islamic Identity took almost a millennia for full assimilation. Her weapons on the other hand, are based on late sassanids/persian design, with the (albeit short) sassanid straight sword as well as a dagger. The equipment would suit heavy cavalry unit of the Ummayad Army, as they were the elites of the Muslims world, until the Turks came in. 

I've always wanted to try to see if my drawing can convey my emotion at the time of making it, to see if what I make can speak to the viewers and be expressive. This is is one of the attempt at doing such, though I'm not entirely convinced If I'm successful at all -_-


See the early Arabs, the Successor (Abbasids), The Berber

HWS Medieval Arab (Bedouin) Woman Warrior Concept by Gambargin  Lalla Qamara of Bilad ar-Rafidayn (Mashriqi Arabs) by Gambargin  Lalla Zuhayra of Al-Mamlakati Al-Murnakus (Berber) by Gambargin

A Part of the Historically Wrong Sketch Series: Medieval Revisited - You can find more on the various faction on the map here:

HWS Medieval Revisited - Faction Map v.1.32 by Gambargin

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Rhomaion Featured By Owner May 7, 2018
Didn't the Umayyad Caliphate collapse in the late 8th century?
Wolfberry-J Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018
A poignant portrayal of the dignity and sorrow of the Syrian people. Hopefully more of the rest of the world starts acting human and treating Syrians like the human beings that we all are.
CarlosRSL Featured By Owner Edited Oct 14, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No one should have to leave their home because of war. As i believe this war is ending (Assad is clearly winning) i hope most of the people will be able to return if they wish to. Syrians have a friendly history with my country, i can only wish them well.

Unfortunatedly, another major refugee crisis may begin soon, as Venezuelans are already starting to flock to neighboring countries (including mine) and things look like they'll get spicy soon. I just hope it doesn't get on the level of the Syrian conflict :\


Changing the subject, is the bearded man a Maronite Christian? If so, it's a very subtle touch you added.
Syrian-lebanese immigration was pivotal for the development of 1900s Brazil, and Maronites were the bulk of this immigration. The State of São Paulo, the richest in the country, should forever be grateful to Syria
cancerberus97 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2017
It has been a very long time, bro. Nice to see you are still going. 

Can you draw an adelita? just a question.
LadyKylin Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2017  Hobbyist
I think you captured the feeling of sorrow really well. This is a very emotive piece.
BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2017
It's a moving picture.

Also, you're a big reason for my new-found fondness of lamellar...!
Gambargin Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2017
Thank you mom! Well, lamellar has its own appeal, I prefer to draw them over plates any day :D
BATTLEFAIRIES Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2017
That's armour-racist!

All armours are beautiful Fabulous Ta-dah Icon 
My-Sword-is-Bigger Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great job on this one, it has a lot more emotion than your usual works. :D And there's even a child crying in the background!
Xanadu-King Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017
Ooooh, I love this. I have always been a fan of Islamic art and architecture and I love how you have mixed it together in this scene. If I am correct the Bearded Man is a Christian and those are rosary beads. If that is the case it would be a great representation of what it was like to live under Islamic rule in the middle east for thousands of people. Since during the middle ages Islam was by far one of the most tolerant faiths in the world, second only to Zoroastrianism. That leads me to a request. Can you do a Historically wrong sketch of a Parthian or Sassanid female general standing over fields of dead Romans in victory? 
HisPurpleness Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017
Very nice work.
Any chance of doing Ismat ad-Din Khatun? Wife of Saladin who held off a Siege at Banias for two weeks.
CORVUSTears Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
I actually hate that there's war in Syria. And I hate that when refugees come to the other countries, they don't get help- only hate and suffering. But they're escaping from it, right?! I hate that my country didn't accepted themWaaaah! I REALLY want to help those people- but how? I'm not and adult, and my school doesn't take part in things like this. Folks from my school are mostly racists (I'm tired of them using stereotypes, especially about muslims). They hate muslims so much, and I can't tell them that they're wrong, 'cause they're gonna destroy meWaaaah! 
BTW, cool artwork. I like the girl's expression and the background:D (Big Grin) And speaking of Syria, do you know Polish rock band Lion Shepherd? The vocalist is half Syrian, half Pole. They have really cool songs, mostly about war in Syria, rock with a bit of oriental style…  
LeilaAscariz Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love theit solemn look that she has and for some reason I cannot stop looking at the bearded man on the right xD
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