There is much controversy over the number of wives attributed to the Prophet Mohammed: various claims range from four to nine or more. On one point, however, everyone agrees: Aishah was his favourite.
The story of this remarkable woman has been concealed or ignored for generations. She lived for several decades after the Prophet's death and was deeply involved in the turbulent political conflict that shaped the early Muslim nation. Certainly, Aishah did not conform to any proscription against women in Islamic public life.
Having extensively mined scholarly Arabic source material, Abbott nonetheless tells her story in a popular, narrative style. Aishah is not only a gripping tale, but also an attempt to recover part of the lost history of Muslim women who resisted the restrictions Islam sought to impose on them.
The story of Aishah, the Prophet Mohammed's favourite wife. The text tells of how she lived several decades after Mohammed's death and was deeply involved in the political conflict and civil war that shaped the early Muslim state.
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