Azad Deylami was a Persian woman who lived in the 750s CE. She was born in Daylam, or the present-day State of Gilan in Iran. Daylam was famous for housing famous revolutionaries.

When the Muslim Caliphate took control of Persia, they tried to force many peoples into the Islamic religion. Azad was staunchly against this, and became a guerrilla fighter against the oppressors. She was also the pro-Persian partisan leader.

It is unknown when she died.

Legacy: Even though not much is known about Azad Deylami’s life, she was considered to be the symbol of resistance against forced religion in Persia. Her acts inspired many revolutionaries to come out of the woodwork and fight for their beliefs.

Even the word “Azad” meant “free”, although that was probably her alias during wartime.