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The Woman at the Well

by Ann Chamberlin

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Fascinating territory: the Arab world just before the advent of Islam and just after. A very complex and dense weaving of history and legend, told with a touch of magical realism, it's the story of Khalid, one of the Prophet Mohammed's great generals, his daughter Sitt Sameh (based on an actual poetess of the period), and his granddaughter, Sitt Sameh's blue-eyed child. Sometimes difficult to follow, but worth the effort. ( )
  seschanfield | Mar 7, 2016 |
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Shrill shouts came from the inner courtyard behind Rayah.
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In the early years of Islam, three lives braid together.Khalid ibn al-Walid never lost a battle, either fighting against the Prophet Muhammad or for him."Women no longer give birth to the likes of Khalid," the Prophet said. In old age, the general dictates his memoirs to a eunuch scribe, with a new perspective to all the blood he shed.
In the desert oasis of Tadmor,twelve-year-old Rayah comes of age,accepting her new religion and her own power.
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