Infamous Collection: SAYYIDA AL HURRA
Infamous Collection: SAYYIDA AL HURRA
Infamous Collection: SAYYIDA AL HURRA
Sihaya and Company

Infamous Collection: SAYYIDA AL HURRA

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Sayyida al Hurra: Rosewood, coriander, firey red ginger, and a touch of saffron.

Scent Profile: Spicy, Woods
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Sayyida al Hurra is a title rather than a name, which translates to "the lady who is free and independent." It is the more commonly-used name for Lalla Aicha bint Ali ibn Rashid al-Alami, Queen of the Moroccan city of Tétouan.

Sayyida was born circa 1485, in a time when the Ottomans had just captured Constaninople, and the Portuguese were beginning colonial conquests in Morocco. Muslim kingdoms were also falling to the Roman Catholic Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain. Her parents were Andalusian nobles who fled to Morocco after the fall of Granada in 1492.

In exile, she was given a scholarly education under noted teachers. As a teen, she was promised to the governor of Tétouan, of a man 30 years her senior, although some claim she actually married his son instead. As the wife of the governor, she learned much about running a city. She was so adept that whenever her husband needed to leave on business, Sayyida herself was entrusted with the power to rulein his stead. When he died in 1515, she was given the title "al Hurra," and was effectively made Tétouan's acting governor.

In 1541, she accepted a marriage proposal from the Moroccan sultan, Ahmed al-Wattasi. In a hell of a power move, she asked him to come to her in order to be wed-- and he complied!

As governor of Tétouan, al Hurra engaged in a shadow war against the Spanish who had caused her family to flee from Granada. She forged an alliance with the Ottoman navy and used piracy as a means to exact her revenge. She filled Tétouan's coffers with the booty from her high-seas endeavors of plundering gold and exacting hostage ransoms. One pirating operation off the coast of Gibraltar was so successful that she forced the Spanish crown to parley.

Sayyida al Hurra ruled for over 30 years before being supplanted by her son in law, after which she retired to a comfortable life in Chefchaouen. All hail the pirate queen of Morocco.

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Available in candle tin or glass tumbler format.

Tins: Our 8oz candle tin measures 3" wide by 2" deep, and holds approximately 7 oz of wax by weight. The wax is topped with an overspray of iridescent glitter. The candles burn for approximately 30-35 hours.

Glass tumblers: These candles measure 3" wide by 3.5" tall, and contain 9 oz of wax for a burn time of 40+ hours. They are topped with a candle-safe glittering overspray.

The glitter I use is safe for use in candles, and the ultrafine particles will not clog your wick.

Turnaround time for candles is 2 weeks. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may occasionally receive a professionally-printed label with a handwritten scent name, similar to what is used in the Secret Menu candles. We are experiencing delays from our label printing service, and would rather not hold up your orders. If you feel strongly about receiving a particular label, please email us at sihayaandcompany@gmail.com and we will do our best to accomodate your request.