Jewel of Medina

The Literary Saloon has a good post collecting reviews of "The Jewel of Medina," the novel about the Prophet Mohammed's young wife Aisha that made it into the news mostly thanks to the kind of idiotic reaction that one can unfortunately almost count on. 

Unsurprisingly, most reviewers agree the book (which is described as a "bodice-ripper" and has a scene in which the protagonist's marriage is consummated) is pretty mediocre. But it's apparently the #1 selling book in Serbia (I'm still not sure why). Let's just hope Egyptian clerics and tabloid editors don't get ahold of this story, or we'll have another Danish cartoons situation.
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Ursula Lindsey

Ursula Lindsey is the managing editor of the Arabist blog. She writes about culture, education and politics in the Arab world. She lived in Cairo from 2002 to 2013 and got her start at the ground-breaking independent magazine Cairo Times. She was the culture editor of Cairo magazine in 2005-2006 and served as special projects editor at the independent news site Mada Masr in 2013-2014. She is the Chronicle of Higher Education's Middle East correspondent. She contributes to the BBC-PRI radio program The World, and has written for Newsweek, The New York Times, The New Yorker online, Bookforum and the blog of the London Review of Books.