A isha bint Abi Bakr is the daughter of a rich merchant from Mecca in the harsh, exotic world of seventh century Arabia at the time of the foundation of Islam When she is married to the Prophet Muhammad at the age of nine, she must rely on her wits, her courage, and even her sword in a struggle to control her own destiny and carve out a place for herself in the community,A isha bint Abi Bakr is the daughter of a rich merchant from Mecca in the harsh, exotic world of seventh century Arabia at the time of the foundation of Islam When she is married to the Prophet Muhammad at the age of nine, she must rely on her wits, her courage, and even her sword in a struggle to control her own destiny and carve out a place for herself in the community, fighting religious persecution, jealous sister wives, political rivals, and her own temptations As she grows to love her kind, generous husband, her ingenuity and devotion make her an indispensable advisor to Muhammad Ultimately, she becomes one of the most important women in Islam, and a fierce protector of her husband s words and legacy.Extensively researched, The Jewel of Medina evokes the beauty and harsh realities of life in an age long past At once a love story, a history lesson, and a coming of age tale, it introduces readers to the turmoil that surrounded the birth of the Islamic faith through the eyes of an unforgettable heroine.
The Jewel of Medina A isha bint Abi Bakr is the daughter of a rich merchant from Mecca in the harsh exotic world of seventh century Arabia at the time of the foundation of Islam When she is married to the Prophet Muhamm
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The Quick Synopsis The Jewel of Medina is a historical fiction novel about A isha bint Abu Bakr, one of the Prophet Muhammad s numerous wives and, according to Muslim history, his favorite The story is told in first person and covers A isha s life from childhood to young adulthood she was 18 years old when Muhammad died The Tempest in a Teapot Much controversy has surrounded this debut novel from Sherry Jones It was originally picked up by Random House in a two book, 100,000 deal in 2007 Prior t [...]
Ketika saya membaca buku ini, saya sudah bertekad untuk membacanya secara jernih, bebas dari prasangka Tapi sejak bab bab awal pun, saya tahu bahwa saya tidak akan sepenuhnya berhasil Saya berusaha untuk membaca buku ini layaknya membaca novel lain, tapi ketika habis halaman prolog, simpati saya terhadap buku ini nyaris tersisa sedikit Bagaimanapun sulit melepas prasangka dalam membaca sebuah buku jika si penulisnya sendiri memiliki prasangka dalam menulis bukunya.Seperti halnya buku The Satanic [...]
Somewhere in the Caribbean there is a stretch of beach lush with palm trees, with sand the color of milk, where I hope someday to go, and hurl this book into the ocean where I will never see it again.
Anybody who says this novel is soft core pornography, as Islamic studies professor Denise Spellberg did, must have some sort of agenda there is nothing in this book that even remotely meets that standard There are scenes where sex is implied, one scene where sexual intercouse is about to take place but does not, and one scene in which a six year old A isha witnesses two adults having sex without fully understanding what she s seeing but even that is presented in a non pornographic way in a singl [...]
Just because you earned some fancy journalist awards, does not mean you should write a book THIS BOOK IS AWFUL Seriously, some of the worst writing I ve ever read NYtimes gave this a bad review and I should have known right then and there, but I thought, no I ll give this a chance Well, I shot my self in the foot by renting this rabble at the library Will I finish it I m sure Will I be in physical pain from reading such crap yes Will I be mentally damaged at the end of it Hopefully not I m amaze [...]
I enjoy historical fiction, and I thought this book would be a good way to gain some insights on Muslim culture and Muhammed.Some selections from the first page My neighbors rushed into the street like storm waters flooding a wadi My father s mouth trembled like a tear on the brink My tongue lolled like a sun baked lizard Did the author raid a fifth grade teacher s imagery lesson My God The writing is just abysmal Like an old man s intestines after 1 sandwich night at Arby s, it s about to rain [...]
Just ordered it.On the one hand, the general opinion is that this book isn t very good On the other, a couple of heavily bearded Muslim gentlemen were found guilty the other day of trying to firebomb the publisher Well, I m willing to be reasonable They stop firebombing, I ll stop reading crap novels that allegedly insult the Prophet s memory It s a good offer Think about it.
Let me get my pettiest complaint out of the way first the cover is all wrong A ishah, the heroine of the piece, has red hair and green eyes, so I m not sure who the cover is supposed to depict.Overall, I thought Sherry Jones did a very respectful rendering of how she views the life of women in the early era of Islam I think her narrative wasn t the smoothest e.g with A isha s fight training but I understand that she had a lot of material to cover and needed to pick and choose I thought she made [...]
this book was really disappointing To begin with, Allah has never been referred to as al Lah, and after all the sources referred to in the writing of this book at least the number that are listed in the bibliography really surprising I found that the characters were extremes rather than fully rounded believable characters I understand that writing about religious figures is a tricky subject, but I found that the author was really trying to infer that that Muhammed pbuh was a weak, lustful man th [...]
I am not a Muslim However, I still found it offensive that the author portrayed one of the most influential men in history as a sex maniac who couldn t keep it in his pants and had to marry practically every attractive woman he set eyes on The author also made Mohammed s messages from Allah seem extremely self serving She portrays a holy man as a selfish pig who uses visions to justify his wants and desires And Aisha Did the author intend to portray her as a selfish, spoiled little whiny brat Be [...]
Even historical fiction should have some credibility It is obvious that the journalist writer did not do her homework She lived in Afghanistan for a year and could not get out of Afghanestan when she wrote this book Burdah Hatun Do these words have any meaning for Arabs Beduins Maybe she meant A3rab I could not read over the sixth chapter and had to skim through the rest You know why this book is popular Because it was written in the right time It all goes back to politics People, this is not ou [...]
Amazing book I was THERE, totally transported, inside very emotion This is an important and controversial work to make the history books Sherry is a brave and sensitive soul to have conceived of this story If you ve ever been curious about Islam and how it got started, the sister wives practice and who Mohammed was and what he was like, The Jewel of Medina offers the most fun you ll ever have finding out.
Sherry Jones novel The Jewel of Medina tells the story of the prophet Mohammad and his child bride A isha A isha was the daughter of Abu Bakr, an early follower of the prophet He offered the fifty two year old widower Mohammad his six year old daughter to strengthen their bond of friendship and devotion The wedding ceremony took place when A isha was nine, but the marriage would not be consumated until after menarche.Jones portrays A isha as a high spirited and willful child who feels stifled by [...]
The Jewel of MedinaSherry JonesThe Jewel of Medina by Sherry Jones is set in the founder of Islam, the Prophet Muhammad s harim and the plot consists of the battle to win his favor The story is told entirely from the point of view of A isha, Muhammad s most beloved bride amongst a bevy of beautiful wives Married at nine she is affectionately called child bride , and as such her position in the harim is constantly undermined As she navigates the politics of Muhammad s harim, she is embroiled in c [...]
this book was censored banned in my country Serbia when it was published and this was the only reason to read it there was a great fuss and public outburst because of the censorship, so, luckily and I mean luckily for my country s attempts to be democratic, not because of the book s quality , the book was very soon in the bookstores and libraries again so, the Islam mashihat lost this game in my country I ve already read several books about Aisha and Muhammad most of them written by Western orie [...]
In the course of reading this book, I felt that I could see similarities between Islam and Judaism in their origins as desert tribal religions The roots of these traditions can still be seen in current practices.Sherry Jones showed Aisha going through a process of growth I admired the Mother of the Poor and the role she played in helping Aisha to mature It is indeed a feminist book This isn t only because of Aisha s independence and desire for equality, but because of the alliances between women [...]
Oh my freaking Allah, this sucked So I got this for my Bday from a friend and he chose it because he was told it was a love story and because of all the controversy surrounding it so naturally I had to read it and I was so bored I had to read it in a couple of segments First of I found nothing controversial in the book but I did find it unbelievable that Mohamed will marry a 9 year old girl and fall in love with her and take her opinions on everything I m not quite sure about the truthfulness of [...]
The beginning of the religion of Islam as told from the point of view of one of Mohammad s wives Mohammad was quite a lady s man with many wives and at least two concubines Sherry Jones gives the reader an inside look at Islam s Prophet through the eyes and thoughts of Mohammad s youngest bride, A isha , who is promised to Mohammad at age 6 and marries him at age 12.Definitely worth reading in our modern world threatened by Islamic extremists and for anyone interested in one of the human stories [...]
This theme, and historical background could give a masterpiece Unfortunately it was chosen just to bring attention to the author, to prove me right her another book came up I guess we will have to deal with many things of Medina till the author develops vocabulary and style and hopefully becomes less pretentious.
I really should remove this book, but instead I have decided to put it on a shelf entitled do not read Too bad, this sounded like a great idea for a book, but it seems to offer so little, no real substance, and only a superficial romance story This shelf will help me keep track of books that I don t want to read, so that in the future I don t pick them up by mistake.
The authors lack of knowledge on the subject is obvious, plus she arrogantly writes in first person prose as if Ayesha is from 2012 generation It s inappropriate and I sure could not finish it.
A isha bint Abi Bakr has known the prophet Muhammad all her life in fact, he was present at her birth When her father, a close ally to Muhammad, decides to cement his loyalty and friendship to the prophet by betrothing A isha to him when she is just 6 years old, her fate as his child bride begins Though A isha will not be married to Muhammad for three years, her betrothal to the prophet brings many unusual changes into the life of the young girl Beginning with an unusually early purdah forced se [...]
Being a Muslim, it s hard to not be overly critical when reviewing the book even when I try to keep an open mind The premise is admittedly very promising, but the execution is mediocre at best, even poor at some places.I would call this book a romance historical novel than literature It is easy to read and entertaining to an extent, but it lacks plot and direction, and is often too simplistic in its mini plot resolutions.The characters are predictable and one dimensional in her attempt to add su [...]
Usually I like books of historical fiction, but this isn t the case It isn t because of the treatment given to Profet Muhammad quite sensitive and shows a very humane side of that person , but instead because of the historical accuracy of the book, which is what I prefer in historical fiction Many events are distorted and that has a huge impact ito the story For instance, Aisha, who was born in 613 and is the protagonist of the story, lost her virginity to Muhammad when she was 9 or 10 years old [...]
Hmmmm Told from the point if view of a child bride to the prophet Muhammed Yet again, first person POV ruins what might have been a very good story The first and last seventy five pages or so seem to hint at real depth in the characters, but everything in between is pretty flat Muhammad comes off as lustful, power hungry, and self serving throughout most of the book, with no hint as to why anyone would even follow him, other than his growing military might Was this simply because the author chos [...]
Since I love historical fiction I thought this book would help me understand Islam and the Muslim faith I had started reading it months ago and put it down because I was bored to tears but my obsessive compulsive behavior made me pick it back up and finish it I ll admit it got better and I wanted to get to the ending but it didn t teach me much The way the author portrayed Mohammed made me really wonder how this religion ever took off He seemed to be a sex crazed maniac with many wives and concu [...]
The Jewel of Medina and it is an inspiring, well written adventure that brings the early days of the Muslim religion to life This is my first exposure to the Muslim culture and it is a very positive experience Muhammad, A isha and Ali become real people expressing honest human emotions and a genuine desire for creating a religion of peace, understanding and equality This is such a relief from their minimalist image portrayed by today s Muslim extremists The Jewel of Medina held my attention from [...]
An overall intriguing novel, Sherry Jones created both a successful and controversial historical book with The Jewel of Medina I discovered this book while reading several book blogs, and found that many people were offended by the content Although I am not a Muslim, I thought that Jones did a stellar job developing a novel based on Muhammad s favored wife, A isha bint Abi Bakr The Jewel of Medina is indeed a page turner, that wisps the reader into the beginning years of the foundation and surfa [...]
I started this book and almost tossed it to the side, but it grew on me a little bit Story of one of Mohammed s wives as told from her point of view It seemed sort of psychotic in a way one minute the main character realizes she needs to be adult, the next thing she does is play with toy horses She s only 9, for heaven s sakee dialog was bizarre The inconsistency doesn t ever stop, it s in all of the characters Even though it s supposed to be historical , I wouldn t take any of the information [...]