The Jewel of Medina

The Jewel of Medina

Sherry Jones / Jun 16, 2019

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

  • Title: The Jewel of Medina
  • Author: Sherry Jones
  • ISBN: 9780825305184
  • Page: 205
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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.

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        Librarian Note There is than one author in the database with this name.Sherry Jones is an American journalist and internationally best selling author of the controversial The Jewel of Medina and other historical fiction novels about women s power She is also a speaker on issues including women s rights, free speech, and Islamophobia.Her latest novel, THE SHARP HOOK OF LOVE, tells of the forbidden love affair between two of the Middle Ages greatest intellectuals Peter Abelard, headmaster of the Notre Dame Cloister School and a poet whose good looks and love songs make women swoon and Heloise d Argenteuil, a beautiful woman scholar being groomed by her uncle to become an abbess This erotic, passionate story about the sacrifices we make for love debuts Nov 25 from Simon and Schuster s Gallery Books.Jones s other books are White Heart, an e novella about Blanche de Castille, the legendary White Queen of France, who braved sieges, scandal and heartache to protect the Crown from usurpers for her young son, King Louis IX Saint Louis The novella is a prequel to Four Sisters, All Queens, about four sisters in 13th century Provence Margeurite, El onore, Sanchia, and Beatrice of Provence, who became queens of France, England, Germany, and Italy.Jones became the center of a national controversy in the summer of 2008 after Random House cancelled publication of her historical novel, The Jewel of Medina about Aisha, a wife of the Prophet Muhammad.According to the Wall Street Journal, Random House had paid Jones a 100,000 advance for the novel when University of Texas Professor Denise Spellberg say a copy of the galleys and decided to warn Muslims of the pending publication of a novel that, in Spellberg s opinion, made fun of Muslims and their history Random House immediately cancelled publication.Beaufort Books published the book in the U.S in October 2008 Publishers in Germany, Italy, Denmark, Spain, Poland, Serbia, Brazil, Portugal, Hungary, Macedonia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Greece, the Czech Republic, Sweden, and Albania have followed It has been a best seller in Serbia, Croatia, Albania, Kosovo, Germany, Italy, Poland, and Spain.A sequel, The Sword of Medina, continues the story of A isha s life after Muhammad s death and the rivalry with his cousin, Ali, which led to the first Islamic civil war and the Sunni Shia split It has been published in a number of countries, as well, and was also a best seller in Serbia The Sword of Medina was awarded a silver medal in the IPPYs, the Independent Publisher Association s book of the year awards.The controversy over her books has sent Jones on the lecture circuit, speaking in the U.S and Europe on topics including free speech and censorship, women s rights in Islam, and racism She has written on these topics for Index on Censorship, New Humanist, AOL News, the Washington Post, and the Huffington Post.Jones has also published a satirical short story, Rapture, on Kindle at dp B0051UT1XG.


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    1. Pošto već nisam uspela da izdavača sprečim da objavi ovu knjigu "dala" sam mu odličnog prevodioca tako da stilski i jezički ova knjiga mnogo bolje zvuči u srpskom prevodu nego u originalu :)


    2. 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. P [...]


    3. 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 S [...]


    4. 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.


    5. 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 [...]


    6. 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 [...]


    7. 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 abo [...]


    8. 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.


    9. 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 sh [...]


    10. 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 [...]


    11. 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 [...]


    12. 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, th [...]


    13. 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.


    14. 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 stifle [...]


    15. 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 i [...]


    16. 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 West [...]


    17. 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 w [...]


    18. 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 [...]


    19. 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 stori [...]


    20. 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.


    21. 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.


    22. 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.


    23. 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 (fo [...]


    24. 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 [...]


    25. 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 [...]


    26. 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 [...]


    27. 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 c [...]


    28. 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 [...]


    29. 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 [...]


    30. 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 more 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 i [...]


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