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William Pickthall's masterpiece chronicles the story of a debauched, hypocritical, yet sympathetic Arab fisherman whose life begins and ends in tragedy. The novel stirred Britain at the time of it's publication and drew high praise from HG Wells, EM Foster and DH Lawrence, each respectively citing Pickthall's permanent place in the canon of English literature as a result o ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published by Salem House Publishers (first published 1903)
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Julia Simpson-Urrutia
Feb 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Said the Fisherman is one of my all-time favorite novels, written by a man who should have been acclaimed a literary genius during his lifetime and thereafter. Rather, he is remembered (and prayed for and loved) for his translation of the meaning of the holy Qur'an. This no doubt is as it should be, for it was his master work and the one which he will, inshallah, be most grateful for on the Day of Judgment. Said the Fisherman is for readers who love the flavor of historical Muslim lands, especia ...more
Jim Puskas
It's astonishing that such a book could be completely forgotten today. Open it and you step into another world, one that most of us could not imagine. We're in the Arab world of the 19th century, when that society, essentially unchanged since the time of The Prophet, lay under the rule of the Ottoman Turks, a regime that enjoyed the support of the French for their own political reasons.
Here we meet Saïd, first a poor fisherman, then an adventurer, later a rich merchant -- but at all times a liar
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I will read this one more time before writing anything about it.

Pickthall is incredible. He deserves to be rediscovered.
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Muhammad Marmaduke Pickthall (born Marmaduke William Pickthall, 7 April 1875 – 19 May 1936) was a Western Islamic scholar noted for his English translation of the Qur'an. A convert from Christianity, Pickthall was a novelist, esteemed by D. H. Lawrence, H. G. Wells, and E. M. Forster, as well as a journalist, headmaster, and political and religious leader. He declared his conversion to Islam in dr ...more

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