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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.
posted Dec 18, 2008 at 2:29PM
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