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From Child Bride to Warrior Woman: A'isha bint Abi Bakr

A'isha bint Abi Bakr married the Prophet Muhammad when she was nine years old -- too young to consent even had she been asked, which she was not. Her mother carried her into the bedroom, set her in his lap, said, "May you have a long and prosperous life together," then walked out again. Muhammad was 54.

Thusly begins the story of the girl who would become, among twelve wives and concubines, Muhammad's most beloved, as well as the most empowered and influential women in the history of Islam.

Read the rest at The Huffington Post's books page.

Thanks as usual to Gina Misiroglu for connecting me to the Huffington Post people. It's just one of the ways she's bringing traffic to Red Room and getting attention for Red Room's authors.