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A Jóia de Medina

(Medina #1)

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  1,463 ratings  ·  211 reviews
A’isha Bint Abi Bakr é a filha de um abastado mercador de Meca no mundo exótico e duro da Arábia do século VII, na época em que o Islão foi fundado. Quando casou com o Profeta tinha nove anos de idade, e teve de confiar na sua inteligência, coragem, e até na sua espada numa luta para controlar o seu próprio destino e abrir um lugar para si na comunidade, a lutar contra per ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published 2009 by Casa das Letras (first published 2008)
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Jan 04, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to S. by: received as a "gift"
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 ...more
Jan 06, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NO ONE
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
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.
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arabia
I found this novel extremely boring. While struggling to get through the colorless characters, aimless storyline and dull dialogue, I tried to figure out what the fuss is all about. 
Feb 22, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 27, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 14, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
May 23, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Nojood Alsudairi
Nov 26, 2008 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Recommended to Nojood by: Myself
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 ...more
Amy Logan
May 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sophia Hesari
Apr 23, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: half-read-left
this book is getting too boring that I can't continue reading it anymore!
there's nothing special happening in the story, no character development, and not even a strong literature.
sadly, I'm not gonna waste more time on it! :/
Robin Levin
Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Jewel of Medina
Sherry Jones

The 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
Biljana Janjic
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 ...more
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
Tamara Rebeka
Jan 06, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 truthfu ...more
Oct 17, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Oct 04, 2008 marked it as not-for-me  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hf, religion, audible
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.
Aug 02, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 03, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
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 (fo ...more
Julie Barrett
Oh boy. Where to even begin. This novel was stunningly bad. Only my inability to stop reading a book once I start it caused me to finish it. I imagine most normal people don't finish this book. Everything was terrible - the plot, the character development, the dialog, the pacing - even the cover, as another reviewer pointed out, is wrong. The main character has red hair - something the author mentions dozens of times (her fiery red hair oooh la la).

I got this novel from the library hoping it wou
Nov 06, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Moderate non-judgemental Muslim readers
Recommended to Mita by: Asma Hasan
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
José Luís  Fernandes
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 year ...more
Emily Freeman
Feb 18, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
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 ...more
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 ...more
The Jewel of Medina is a historical fiction novel about A'isha Bint Ali Bakr, the Prophet Muhammad's favorite wife. I picked this book up on a whim when I saw it at my local Half Price Books and read about the controversy that surrounds this book. Unfortunately, this novel is not worth the hype. A'isha is an uninteresting character with the values of a twenty-first century feminist and not at all believable as a woman of seventh century Saudi Arabia. The Prophet Muhammad, who is arguably one of ...more
Dec 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Dec 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 su ...more
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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 forthcoming novel, JOSEPHINE BAKER'S LAST

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