Biljana Janjic's Reviews > The Jewel of Medina
The Jewel of Medina
Biljana Janjic's review
Jul 29, 2009
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 Western orientalists, so "The Jewel of Medina" was not very interesting to me (in the sense of events, characters, historical developments etc), but I found it touching to learn about the young girl attempting to grow into adult woman before it was her time, to come to terms with finding where the line between something she calls "love" and real life is. There is no romance in this book (it was promoted as a love story) - there is only sad story about women's treatment in 7th century, which does not differ from the one today. I liked the author's description and Aisha's initial feelings about having sex, which is brilliantly written and I felt I was dreading with her at every page. Young girl thinking as a every child, but experiencing life of a woman. so sad. basically, that's the only thing I liked in the book.
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July 29, 2009 – Shelved