al-Talib ("The Student") is a character in 80 Days.
The mysterious al-Talib is the subject of much gossip around the middle east. A brilliant inventor, al-Talib was supposedly once a favourite of the ruling tribe in Riyadh. But when an enemy tribe threatened to start a war in order to claim al-Talib's inventors, he simply packed up and retreated into seclusion to avoid bloodshed. He supposed fled to Rub' al-Khali, and often coupled with these rumors are stories of a strange pyramid near the city that glows at night with electricity.
Upon arriving in Rub' al-Khali, Passepartout is surprised to learn that al-Talib is actually a woman. She is hostile towards Passepartout and Fogg, hoping to keep her latest invention safe from her enemies.