JEDDAH: It was said she had the “minds of 40 men” and great wisdom. She encouraged King Abdul Aziz to regain the leadership of the country. She is Noura Bint Abdul Rahman, the trusted sister of the country’s founder.
Princess Noura was charismatic and held strong political ideas, resulting in King Abdul Aziz asking her opinion on many important issues.
Researchers say she was an exceptional woman. In her book “Famous Women from Najd”, Dr. Dalal Al-Harbi, a researcher, cited several aspects of the life of Princess Noura, who was a year older than King Abdul Aziz. The researcher addressed Princess Noura’s influential role in several aspects of social and political life after King Abdul Aziz regained and settled his family in Riyadh. Al-Harbi also mentioned her role in encouraging the King to regain the rule of his fathers.
Princess Noura shared many characteristics with her brother and was known to have a strong personality and generous nature.
The Princess Noura University is considered the largest of its kind in the world and can accommodate 50,000 female students. The construction of this university reflects King Abdullah’s appreciation for the oldest daughter of Imam Abdul Rahman Al-Faisal, father of King Abdul Aziz.
Princess Noura was born in Riyadh in 1875. In 1905 she married Prince Saud Bin Abdul Aziz Bin Saud Bin Faisal, who was born in Riyadh in 1882 and died in 1989. She gave birth to Prince Muhammad Bin Saud, Princess Hessa, and Princess Al-Jawhara who became the wife of King Faisal. Princess Noura died in 1950 at the age of 77.
– Okaz/Saudi Gazette