A French researcher and Arbaeen pilgrims walkdownload video ( Arabic subtitles )
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Marie Pierre Walquemanne, the Islamic researcher and professor
She was born in a Catholic family and at the age of 18 converted to Islam and became a Shia.
Then, she named herself "Mariam Abou Zahab".
She studied at the University of Paris. Also, she worked as a researcher at the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO) for many years.
She played a significant role in reflecting the oppressive situation of Shiites in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
On her travels to the Middle East, she visited the holy cities in Iraq as a pilgrim for several times.
She passed away in Paris in 2017.
According to her will, she was buried between the route of Karbala to Najaf which is the pathway of pilgrims of Arba'een, inside a Husseiniyah near the pillar number 172.