Tags: Islam, Mohammad, Khadija, historical fiction, Arabian history, women’s history
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Summary: In the Preface, the author explains that Khadija was a real person, a well known person in Islamic History but is sadly overlooked by scholars. In order to recreate her life, the author has had to fill in details with probable facts and occasionally deviate from the scant historical record that exists for Khadija’s life. The author explains that this work is neither a Sunni nor a Shi’a interpretation of Khadija’s life; it cannot even be called an “Islamic” view of her life and is suitable for all readers.
Summary: In the introduction, the author paints a backdrop to Khadija’s life describing how life in her time was often tenuous and cut short with slavery, petty wars and misogyny adversely affecting everyone. These perils stood in contrast to Khadija’s exemplary character and humanitarian nature, so much so she became known as “Princess of the Quraysh”, “Princess of the Merchants”, and “Mother of the Orphans”.
Summary: The birth of Khadija is contrasted to the birth of a girl born to a slave woman named Um Jassim. Khadija’s father laments how politics interfere with the festivities of Khadija’s birth. As Khadija grows, she persuades her father, a merchant, to separate the costly peppercorns by their color and accompanies her eldest brother as he prays to the idols for a horse and victory in battle.