The Jewel of Medina

The Jewel of Medina

A Novel

eBook - 2008
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Set against the backdrop of seventh-century Arabia, a fictional portrait of A'isha, the child bride of the prophet Muhammad, describes how she battled religious persecution, jealousy, political rivals, and temptation to become Muhammad's trusted advisor.
Publisher: New York : Beaufort Books : Distributed by Midpoint Trade Books, [2008]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780825305191
0825305195
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource (ix, 358 pages) : map

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Dec 18, 2008

When A'isha is nine and Islam in its infancy, she marries the prophet Muhammad and would go on to become one of the great women in Islamic history. Despite her youth, A'isha finds herself the favored wife, advising and supporting her husband, while simultaneously doing her own maturing, discovering her own strengths and combating her weaknesses.

Although it was interesting to see how the author chose to pin a personality onto such a huge historic figure, I didn't feel the reader was given enough meaningful glimpses into Muhammad and A'isha's relationship to understand why she was so favored. A'isha's actions and thought processes seem at some times to be beyond her years, and at others very typically reflecting her tender age. I enjoyed the opportunity to read about a culture and time period I was fairly unfamiliar with, and it would be interesting to read other historical fiction from the same era.

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