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The Jewel of Medina is a historical novel by Sherry Jones. It was scheduled for publication by Random House in , but subsequently cancelled; it was. La Joya de Medina (Bolsillo Zeta Edicion Limitada) by Sherry Jones at AbeBooks – ISBN – ISBN – Ediciones B – La joya de Medina: la apasionante y polĂ©mica historia de Aisha, la esposa favorita de Mahoma by Sherry Jones at – ISBN .

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Meedina Page. A’isha bint Abi Bakr is the daughter of a ds merchant from Mecca in the harsh, exotic world of seventh-century Arabia pa 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 mfdina 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 serry 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. Hardcoverpages.

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Published October 6th by Beaufort Books first published MuhammadA’isha bint Abi Bakr. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Jewel of Medinaplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Nov 21, Michele rated it it was ok Shelves: 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. P The Quick Synopsis: Prior to scheduled publication in August ofgalleys were sent out and a subsequent firestorm erupted when a University of Texas Professor by the name of Denise Spellberg decided to warn Random House that the book could incite violence from radical Muslim groups, calling the book “an ugly, stupid piece of work” and “soft-core pornography.

Some people screamed “censorship! The publishing world was in an uproar.


Enter British publisher Gibson Square, who picked up the rights and published the book. A short time later, Gibson Square headquarters were set on fire in an apparently related arson case. Long story short, Beaufort Books, a small American publishing house who apparently knows a cash-cow when they see one, picked up the rights here in the U.

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The Literary Criticism While I wouldn’t go so far as to call it “an ugly, stupid piece of work,” as Ms. Spellberg did, it’s not going to be nominated for any literary awards in the near future. I found the novel to be something of a missed opportunity. Jones writes the novel from A’isha’s viewpoint, but rather than exploring the thoughts and actions of a 7th-century Middle Eastern girl caught up in the birth of a major new faith that will change the course of history, she instead gives us a fluffy historical romance novel.

Now joned nothing wrong with a good romance novel, in my elevated opinion. Unfortunately, The Jewel of Medina doesn’t even make a good romance novel. Jones tries to use the ol’ tried-n-true romance formula: Girl yearns for freedom to be an independant, free spirit who transcends the gender limitations of her era. Somewhere along the way she falls in love with the perfect man. They overcome the obstacle.

They live Happily Ever After. The reason this formula works in a historical romance novel is because modern-day women identify with the protagonists goals, which are quite attainable in the 21st-century. But it is a formula and an overused one, at that. The problem with this formula in The Jewel oa Medina is that A’isha was but six years old when Muhammad asked for her hand in marriage and only nine years old when the marriage was consummated.

By modern day standards this would be considered the rape shrrry a child. Jones shery to gloss over this by delaying consummation of the marriage until A’isha is a teenager and at the same time presenting A’isha as much more mature than a child could possibly be. She is given thoughts and dialogue more consistent with a much older girl. Except she plays with toy horses. With Muhammad which only makes him look creepier. I can see why this might offend some people. Jones never seems to reconcile exactly how she wants to paint the Prophet Muhammad.

She seems to go out of her way to emphasize his compassion and enlightened at least by 7th-century standards views of women.

Yet when it comes to his acquisition of wives, which was common for the time, she ends up giving us a lecherous old man. Perhaps a dichotomy was intended, but it only reads as inconsistency instead. Similes abound and are so heavy that they sometimes illicit an unintended chuckle: It meddina like an ornament from the bejeweled sky, dipped in gold and looming so close it beckoned my fingers to reach out and pluck it.

The act of sex is continually referred to as the “scorpion’s sting. I’ll leave it at that. I fully believe that Jones holds A’isha and the Prophet in the highest regard.

She clearly had the best of intentions with this novel.

But we all know what the road to heck is paved with, don’t we? I was looking forward to a novel full of insight into the birth of Islam and the role the Prophet’s wives played. I was looking for a glimpse into the mind and life of a Middle Eastern woman in 7th-century Saudi Arabia.


I was looking for And for those Muslims who were so worried that us Westerners would believe such things about Muhammad? Give us a little credit, please. If you want to weigh in on the controversy by all means go ahead and buy the book, just don’t have high expectations for an enlightening, engaging read. Better yet, go buy a copy of The Thorn Birds. View all 8 comments. Jan 04, S. 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.

View all 3 comments. 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 xe bukunya. Pertama kali diterbitkan tepat semingu setelah Lebaransaya pertama kali membaca ulasannya jonws sebuah koran di mana aksi moya menentang peluncuran buku ini merebak luas di berbagai Negara sampai ada aksi penyerangan toko buku yang menjualnya.

Jelas, jika menggunakan jalur legal, saya tidak bisa membaca buku ini. Beruntung, ada teman yang mendapat softcopy hasil donlotan shrry dan dia print. Saya yang penasaran, langsung saja membaca buku ini dengan catatan dia meminta saya membuatkan review-nya karena dia agak nedina membaca bahasa Inggrisnya, dan saya membuat reviewnya dalam bahasa Inggris: D Secara garis besar, buku ini menceritakan kehidupan rumah tangga Nabi Muhammad SAW dari sudut pandang istri beliau yang paling muda, Aisyah r.

Seperti halnya rumah tangga yang lainnya, kehidupan rumah tangga Sang Nabi pun memiliki problematika dan lika-liku tersendiri. Tapi, ketika disajikan secara tidak berimbang dan sedikit bumbu hiperbolis yang jatuh pada kategori pelecehan, masalahnya menjadi lain. Apalagi menyangkut seorang tokoh suci yang diimani oleh milyaran orang. Well, buku ini, langsung dibuka dengan prolog yang provokatif. Cerita diawali dengan kepulangan Aisyah yang telat dan terpisah dari rombongan.

Ternyata kedatangan Aisyah beserta pengantarnya itu menimbulkan desas-desus bahwa Aisyah telah melakukan penyelewengan, dan dari percikan api kisah inilah TJoM mulai membara. Secara provokatif Sherry Jones, sang pengarang, menulis bahwa Aisyah menjadi korban penderitaan fitnah dimana tidak ada satu pun orang yang mau membelanya. Bahkan sang suami Nabi SAW tidak mau membelanya karena termakan hasutan para sahabatnya. Misalnya tentang sahabat mulia Umar bin Khattab.

Jones menulisnya sebagai He was Muhammad’s advisor and friend, but no friend to women. Ok, Umar memang sebelum memeluk Islam pernah mengubur anak perempuannya hidup-hidup. Sebelum dia bertaubat dan memang tuntutan budaya Arab purba pada masanya untuk membenci bayi perempuan.

La Joya de Medina

Setelah dia memeluk Islam, dia bahkan menangis tiap hari menyesali perbuatannya terdahulu. Bahkan diriwayatkan dia menjadi seorang pembela kaum perempuan, bagaimana dia membela kepentingan seorang nenek dengan mengorbankan kepentingan dirinya sendiri. Jadi Jones telah keliru. Ali, related to Muhammad in three ways — cousin, foster-son and son-in-law — yet bitterly jealous of his love for me.