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Mother of the Believers

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  359 ratings  ·  91 reviews
Deep in the heart of seventh-century Arabia, a new prophet named Muhammad has arisen. As his message of enlightenment sweeps through Arabia and unifies the warring tribes, his young wife Aisha recounts Muhammad's astonishing transformation from prophet to warrior to statesman. But just after the moment of her husband's greatest triumph -- the conquest of the holy city of M ...more
Paperback, 560 pages
Published April 14th 2009 by Washington Square Press (first published March 29th 2009)
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Kerlip Bintang
penonton kuciwa.
gak ada riuh tepuk tangan saat selesai baca novel sejarah ini.

Nabi Muhammad saw yang kukenal dari buku-buku dan ceramah adalah seorang rasul yang sangat gagah berani dan lembut hati (bukan lebay cenderung feminim seperti yang digambarkan buku ini).

Beliau seorang jagoan perang, bukan komandan berada di barisan paling belakang atau berdiam diri di tenda dan membutuhkan orang lain untuk melindungi dari tebasan pedang para musuh.

Muhammad saw yang kutahu menikah dengan janda-janda per
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Adnan Mahmutovic
They say behind every great man there is a woman. In his intimate story about the early years of Islam, Kamran Pasha suggests that behind a historical giant such as Muhammad there is a girl, her co-wives, a community, and of course the creator. Although Pasha tries to tell a story of an individual woman, Aisha bint Abu Bakr, the youngest wife of the Messenger of Islam, the story cannot but be about a community, which developed from a crowd of both slaves and nobility, both women and men, and chi ...more
Nely
Mother of the Believers is the story of Aisha bint Abi Bakr - the youngest and most beloved wife of the Prophet Muhammed. When the story commences Aisha is in her deathbed and is recounting this epic tale to her nephew. As Aisha reflects on her life we learn of her cursed birth, her marriage to Muhammed at the age of nine, his other wives and their feuding harem, as well as his death and how she eventually grows to become a teacher, political leader and warrior. Set in seventh century Arabia thi ...more
Stephanie Dray
A good writer doesn't blink at controversy. A heroic writer embraces it. Kamran Pasha's literary heroism is apparent from the author's note alone, in which he explains that he's going to adopt some of the most unpalatable historical ideas about his subject, Muhammad's wife Aisha, in order to more fully explore the world into which Islam was born.

Let no one say Pasha is not ambitious. He sets for himself a monumental task. He must humanize religious figures in a way that makes them accessible to
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Linda C.
May 16, 2009 Linda C. rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Linda by: Christopher Gortner's blog
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Good historical fiction transports readers to a different time and place. Wonderful novels immerse their readership in worlds so realistic that it is disorienting to stop reading and re-enter day-to-day life. Kamran Pasha takes his readers to the seventh century in the Arabian peninsula. It is an uncommon time and place for novels, but one that provides rich dramatic material.

The subtitle accurately describes this as “a novel of the birth of Islam.” Pasha tells his tale through the eyes of Aish
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Fauziyyah Arimi
Ini novel ketiga, sebuah fiksi berbasis sirah Nabawiyah, yang saya baca. Fiksi pertama semacam ini yang saya lahap adalah Muhammad: Lelaki Penggenggam Hujan (kemudian akan saya singkat menjadi MLPH) karya Tasaro GK. Fiksi kedua yang juga berbasis sirah Nabawiyah yang saya baca sebelumnya adalah Pengikat Surga karya Hisani Bent Soe. (saya kagum kepada penulis yang bisa berdedikasi dengan cara seperti ini, pasti membutuhkan keberanian dan bekal literasi yang banyak juga menajamkan kehati-hatian da ...more
Heather
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Talat
Though I'm now only up to p. 280 (out of 526), I must express my gratitude to Kamnran Pasha for bringing to life some of the main events of the early history of the Prophet Muhammad's community so vividly and meaningfully. Pasha stays true to the history and the personalities of the community while also making sense of the motivations of the actors and their interactions. "Mother of the Believers" has proven to be a most rewarding read, as both a novel and as a credible and creative historical r ...more
Joy Ramlogan
I started this book out of curiosity - it is a work of fiction meticulously researched and making the world of the birth of Islam very immediate and fascinating. Mr. Pasha has attempted a monumental task and generally kept the story flowing and the various twists and turns of the Prophet's journey, his Companions, harem and feuding while uniting Arabia and forging a new religion are a miracle to read.

And Aisha, the Prophet's child bride is an engaging character, very lively and spirited and devo
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sumaiyya
It's not a piece of sophisticated literature, however, it's doing a great service to us by humanizing the Prophet (s) and his Companions. Instead of making their lives sound like a myth or legend (which we always hear it as) he presents them and their life as a real human story which is truly inspirational and thought provoking. I recommend it to anyone who's ok with stomaching that...
Tamam
I'm getting ready to review this on my blog: www.completeword.com I'm on page 187, and am very pleased with the smooth reading and, more importantly, the sensitivity to the history behind the novel - the life of Aisha, who was married to Muhammad in the 7th century. This is a history I've studied for the last decade, and Kamran Pasha did a good job!
Colette
Really interesting book...it succeeds at what I consider important for historical fiction- I want to learn more about Aisha.
Cindy
I really liked this book! I had a hard time putting it down - in fact I started reading this on an airplane trip and I was disapointed that the flight was over and I had to put down my book!

This book offers an insight into a very important time and place in world history. The author, Pasha, claims this to be a work of fiction but the particulars of this period in history must be accurate - or the author would be in a lot of trouble with the Islamic world.

The story is told from the point of view
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Debbie
Jun 02, 2009 Debbie added it
I have to come clean and say I was a little reluctant about reading this book. I picked it up not really expecting to get that into it as I usually avoid books revolving around religions. So imagine my shock when I did not want to stop reading this book. My disclaimer is I know extremely little about Islam and cannot agree or disagree with how characters or beliefs were treated. That said I did get completely drawn into Aisha’s story and could not wait to finish the book.

I did find certain parts
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Nanny SA
Humaira merupakan novel biografi berlatar kehidupan keluarga Nabi Muhammad SAW dan perkembangan awal Islam. Humaira adalah nama panggilan kesayangan dari Nabi Muhammad untuk salah seorang istrinya Aisyah . Aisyah adalah anak dari Abu Bakar seorang tokoh Quraisy, sahabat Nabi yang menjadi pemeluk Islam generasi pertama.

Buku ini ditulis dengan POV Siti Aisyah yang berkisah kepada keponakannya Abdullah, anak kakak perempuannya bernama Asma yang menikah dengan Zubair salah seorang pahlawan Islam.

A
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FrankO
This is historical fiction, the story of the birth of Islam from the perspective of Aisha, the youngest and most beloved wife of Muhammad. It is reportedly well researched. Aisha becomes Muhammad's wife at age 9. Muhammad dies when Aisha is 19. The author, a man, tells the story through the eyes of Aisha, who is portrayed as beautiful, resourceful, petty, and jealous. I'm not sure if it really worked for me, but it was an easy, captivating way to get the tale of Islam.

Islam came to be with a lo
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Elizabeth
Mother of the Believers tells the story of Aisha one of the wives of Muhammad, the prophet of Islam who was a brilliant statesman, in both the political and military arenas. The book follows the years of her childhood and her marriage with the prophet and covers the years of the religions earliest conception and its rise to power. Its followers faced many hardships and prejudices but would eventually rise to power through the leadership of the prophet and the strong band of faithful followers he ...more
Diana Wenny
Karya fiksi yang dibuat dengan bereferensikan pada sumber-sumber literatur sejarah Islam. Menceritakan tentang kehidupan Nabi Muhammad SAW dari sisi pandangan Aisyah, istrinya. Ceritanya sangat menyentuh, seakan-akan saya juga merasakan apa yang dirasakan oleh Aisyah saat itu.

Buku ini menceritakan semenjak Aisyah masih kecil. Saat itu khadijah masih dengan setia mendampingi Rasul melewati masa-masa sulit saat penyebaran Agama Islam di Mekkah. Hingga akhirnya Khadijah meninggal, dan Rasul menika
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Megan
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Septri Lediana
Sejarah Islam dari Sudut Pandang Aisyah

Humaira atau yang berarti pipi yang kemerah-merahan begitulah Nabi Muhammad memanggil Aisyah binti Abu Bakar, istrinya setelah Khadijah wafat. Istri yang disebut-sebut sebagai istri yang paling disayangi nabi Muhammad (selepas peninggalan Khadijah) dari istri-istrinya yang lain. Aisyah masih begitu muda saat awal mendampingi nabi Muhammad dan menjadi Ibunda kaum mukmin, ibunda orang-orang beriman. Sejarah mencatat Aisyah punya daya ingat yang cemerlang, ia
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Azhis Jhie
Kisah yang diangkat ke dalam novel ini terjadi pada empat belas abad silam, di tengah gurun pasir Arabia, ketika risalah pencerahan Nabi Muhammad SAW telah menyapu seluruh Jazirah Arab dan menyatukan suku-suku yang semula bertikai. Istri kesayangan Rasulullah, yakni Aisyah binti Abu Bakar, yang berjuluk Humaira, melalui novel ini seakan mengisahkan kesaksiannya atas perubahan Muhammad dari seorang nabi menjadi salah satu negarawan yang paling berpengaruh di dunia.

Dengan pusat pengisahan (point o
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Ramaeka19
Humaira – Mother of Believers

Melihat judulnya pertama kali, kami kira ini adalah biografi Ibunda Aisyah Ummul Mukminin. Namun ternyata ini adalah novel bertemakan Shirah Nabawiyyah. Seperti tulisan-tulisan Shirah Nabawiyyah lain, Shirah Nabawiyyah selalu mempesona, karena yang diceritakan merupakan perjalanan hidup makhluk paling mulia di alam semesta. Dan Alhamdulillah pada karyanya ini, seorang Kamran Pasha berhasil menuliskan kisah tersebut dengan cara yang unik, yaitu menggunakan sudut panda
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Kelly
Jul 26, 2009 Kelly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kelly by: MaryBeth
This was a long book. It made me realize how little I know about the Muslim faith. In the beginning I thought a lot about my own faith and our own origins. About plural marriage, a new christian religion and the trials and tribulations these people endured under the umbrella of faith and thier belief. Big difference is 600AD in Arabia and ours in the 1900 in the USA (home of religious freedom). I often forgot how young Aisha was. The jealousy, and blunt ways are common and understandable for whe ...more
Lani
This one got an extra star for fascinating subject matter, even when the writing quality and pacing was less than ideal.

The book follows Muhammed's wife Aisha from her childhood until her death. Aisha is well-known for a variety of reasons, and is held up as an example of a strong women in Islam. Unfortunately her strength can be used as a compliment or as a shaming bad example. Her legacy is complicated, but fascinating, and I enjoyed a fictional account that tried to fill in the daily life of
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GeekChick
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Kimberley Shaw
The scope of this book is impressive, as is the amount of research that went into it.
I began this book because I know little about Islam, but work in a very diverse environment which includes people who grew up in Islamic countries. I agree with other reviewers that it is a very accessible intro to Islam for outsiders. The only thing which kept me from giving it five stars is the writing style could be better -- it's a bit purple for my taste, has some redundancies later in the book, and could u
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Kate
Jul 26, 2010 Kate added it
Recommends it for: those wishing to learn more about Islam & its origins.
This book is a fictionalized account of the life of Aisha (Humayra), the child-bride the Prophet Muhammad married after the death of his first wife, Khadija. It is based on historical fact, as far as research could take the author (quite far). It is a beautiful telling of a significant story about the origins of Islam. While detractors would find it very easy to discount the history of Islam and the visions of Muhammad, I'm not interested in dissecting this or any other religion. In fact, I wou ...more
Paritosh
The book is a good introduction to the beginnings of Islam. It explains some of the current political/sectarian challenges facing the Arab world. It's a great insight into the people and the clan culture of the Arab world, which is probably still relevant today. There is little of philosophy or the mysticism I was expecting from such a book about the prophet. But still a good read.

The author's constant references to future tragedies gets more than a bit irritating - it feels as if the author doe
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Noora
Started Reading this book after thinking hard about it . You can see that he has based it on the events surrounding her life and he has quoted verses from the Quran and the seerah. Their are a few things I do not feel very comfortable with; The fiction elements where he has sexualised 3 in a bed with a couple of the charachters who were at the time non beleivers and other things . I also disagree with describing the quran an poetical . The Quran is above all this it is sublime .

I think people w
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Azhar
Made me fall in love with the Prophet and the sahabas. The aspects of Umm 'Aisha's life which used to be difficult to understand, such as her early marriage, her rebellion against Uthman RA and eventually the Battle of Camels - were all explained in a matter that helps us understand her better. At the end of the book, I was utterly distressed as I started to "miss" the sahabas intolerably, and the inability to delve into their world time and again was heartbreaking.

There are certain aspects of t
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Kamran Pasha is a writer and producer for NBC's highly anticipated new television series Kings, which is a modern day retelling of the Biblical tale of King David. Previously he served as a writer on NBC's remake of Bionic Woman, and on Showtime Network's Golden Globe nominated series Sleeper Cell, about a Muslim FBI agent who infiltrates a terrorist group.

Kamran will soon be a published novelist
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“I saw a stony mask come upon her lined face as she slew the weak houswife she had been and gave birth to the warrior that is buried inside every woman's heart,one who is unleased when her children's lives are at stake.” 2 likes
“If I have learned one thing in the years of my existence, one nugget of wisdom from having lived in the midst of disputations over faith and the nature of the world, it is that everything ends. This is both the blessing and the punishment of God upon the foolish tribe that calls itself man. We can embrace the end or we can weep, but the ghost of time closes all doors with a finality that can never be gainsaid.” 0 likes
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