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A Jóia de Medina by Sherry Jones
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it was ok
bookshelves: fiction, historical-fiction

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 old (622-623), but Sherry Jones places it (perhaps to avoid modern shock) in 627 after the accusations of adultery against her and creates a whole story of fights for the dominance around the "hatun" position in the "harim" system, which existed only in Ottoman times. Now that I'm mentioning this, it really looks as if she's mixing the Arabia of the 7th century AD, the Ottoman Empire and modern Islamic societies in her depictions of the status of women in the times of Mahomet and that's revealed in her bibliography (many books are about modern Muslim women)

The literary quality is also relatively poor and the only redeeming features of this book are its treatment of Muhammad (although it always shocks some prudish people) and its bibliography.
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Reading Progress

December 25, 2014 – Shelved
December 25, 2014 – Shelved as: to-read
July 7, 2015 – Started Reading
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July 15, 2015 – Shelved as: fiction
July 15, 2015 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
July 15, 2015 – Finished Reading

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