Untold: A History of the Wives of Prophet Muhammad

Untold: A History of the Wives of Prophet Muhammad

by Tamam Kahn

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ISBN-13: 9780982324653
Publisher: Monkfish Book Publishing Company
Publication date: 09/01/2010
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 9.22(w) x 11.06(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author


Tamam Kahn, poet, journal editor and conference speaker is a regular presenter at Sufi Symposiums on both coasts. She has taught for the Sufi Ruhaniat International for over twenty-five years and with her husband, Pir Shabda Kahn, has led pilgrims to sacred sites in Morocco, India, Syria and Andalusia.

Table of Contents

Foreword xv

Who do you think you are? xvii

Preface 1

Marrakesh 1

heart not dog (qalb not kalb) 2

a thousand and one nights 3

reading the Arabian Nights 3

Mawlud and the treasure 5

at the Zaki Hotel 5

the zikr room on Norwich Street 7

Map 8

Introduction 9

instructions for Jahiliyya 10

galaxies 13

Khadija, the white shade cloud 15

Khadija 16

the visitor 17

brocade (al-dibaja) 19

Muhammad comes to collect his salary 20

The family 21

Umm Kulthum: "mother-of-the-round-faced-one" 21

Ruqayya, wakened by the words 23

throw a lucky man in the sea, and he will come up with a fish in his mouth 24

Khadija's lying-in 25

seeing more 26

Revelation 27

Khadija visits Uncle Waraqa 27

Khadija's hair 29

the ban 30

'A'isha, matchfire in the backlight 33

Slander 34

Before widowhood 35

flame, 'A'isha 36

"My wives are like the brothers of Joseph." 38

'A'isha sees Juwayriyya 38

Wanting 39

'A'isha: widow and warrior 41

Privilege 41

owner's manual: the howdah 44

'A'isha discovers how war can be 46

honeycomb: after the year 632 47

Zaynab, the beautiful 48

unwrapped (al-kishaf) 49

Zaynab's wedding meal: a sonnet 51

swaying lamps 53

Zaynab and the people of the bench 55

Zaynab and the honey 57

Umm Salama, mother of peace 59

Abyssinia 60

Land 61

Hind in Africa: leaving the Red Sea 62

Hind's vision 65

Mecca and Medina 66

Umm Salama at Hudaybiya 69

Umm Salama tells of breaking the idols 70

Umm Salama's mourning ghazal 71

Calamity 72

The Jewish Wives 74

People of the Book 75

lament for Hagar's daughters 77

the munafiqin 79

Rayhana 80

Rayhana, pouring out the wine 81

gold coin 82

Muhammad's sigh 83

Safiyya b. Huyayy 84

Safiyya's cat 84

in the tent 85

Safiyya's fall 86

interview with Safiyya 88

Mariya, from among the Christians 89

Muhammad and Christianity 90

locution 90

Mariya leaves Egypt for Medina 93

between 93

Mariya's needle 94

Mariya 95

why they complain about the Egyptian 96

in her garden Mariya has a vision 98

outliving him 99

The Other Wives 101

mother-in-law of Muhammad 102

Sawda: the stamp of approval 103

laughter in the dark of the moon 104

up until the Day Of Rising 105

news 107

Zaynab b. Khuzayma, mother of the poor 107

the other Zaynab 107

Hafsa, the Prophet's librarian 108

Defiance 108

Hafsa's Qur'an 110

Juwayriyya, the little jewel 111

the thirst-quenching well (al-muraysi) 111

Umm Habiba, married by a king 112

watching her 112

exile 114

Umm Habiba's father 115

Abu Sufyan scolds Ramla 116

no black mark 117

Umm Habiba's room 117

Muhammad's marriage challenges 118

on the porch 119

Asma', the unfortunate one 121

Mrs. Muhammad 122

Maymuna, the last wife 123

Maymuna and Muhammad 123

wife of the Prophet 126

The closing poem 127

how the story goes 128

Glossary 131

Muhammad's wives and the year of marriage 139

Index of names 140

Works consulted 145

Endnotes 151

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books ever. It gives both a historical/scholarly exploration of what is known about these women and then evokes their lives via vivid poetry. I'm reading and rereading this one. It is beautiful!