This book may not be having success getting published for a reason


Be careful of how you depict the Prophet of Islam (or any Prophet).


Sherry Jones’s, The Jewel of Medina claims to be a “historical novel”. Originally scheduled for publication by Random House in 2008, it was eventually canceled and then announced that it would be published by Beaufort Books in the United States and by Gibson Square in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.



Beaufort Books only other mentionable accolade is being the publishing company responsible for getting O.J Simpson’s so-called book, If I Did it, on bookshelves across America. HA!

Eventually it was published in the U.S. by Beaufort Books. The novel tells a fictionalized version of the life of Aisha, one of the wives of the Islamic Prophet, Muhammad, and the person who reportedly accompanied him as he received most of his revelations. The novel tells Aisha’s (according to its sources) story from the age of six, when she was betrothed to Muhammad, to his death.

I’ve read and listened to much of this author’s defense on her novel and respectfully her empathy and admiration for Aisha seem somewhat at the expense of the Prophet of Islam.  Therefore even Aisha, the “Mother of the Believers” and the favorite wife of the Prophet of Islam probably would not support this representation.

I find it odd that there was a need to choose that specific prophet to characterize, almost like a cartoon.  How could one possible write a “historical novel” by fictionalizing these two very important figures?

This author should have simply chose one format or another, either a true historical documentation or create symbolic characters inspired by her “creative” imagination of these characters. 

But given the fact, only 316 of 2210 hadiths, written by Aisha herself are recognized by both Sahih Buhkari and Sahih Muslim (the two most “sound” collections of hadiths, measured against every credible criteria), EVERYONE is entitled to an opinion, just not necessarily the right to have it published. 



(huh, you didn’t think I hit that hard with a pen did ya?)


~ by siddiq khalifah on November 29, 2008.

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