Posts Tagged ‘mythology’
So far we’ve covered 11 of Mohammed’s lady-friends. This post covers 7 more, plus a few others. Yowzaa. Kind of makes you wonder if he imposed the 4 wife maximum, just so he could collect all the women for himself.
Now some of the wives were clearly more important than others. Some of them — like Aisha and Safiya — have tons of information out there about them. Others? Barely one story. And to confuse matters, some of the wives actually had the same name. Jessica is to my generation as Zainab is to Mo’s. And then there are the spelling variations on the names. Oh mah fucking gah, it’s been a pain in the ass.
Anyway, this is it. The last post about Mohammed’s wives. After this it’s back to business as usual. Enjoy it, babies!
Friend X, a really good friend of mine, is a fairly liberal Muslim. There’s something that’s been eating away at her for a few weeks, and she wanted to talk to me about it. Friend X recently read about Mohammed’s concubines, and she doesn’t really know what to make of this information. “He’s supposed to be the role model for all of us. How the fuck am I supposed to respect him knowing that he had sex slaves?” How the fuck, indeed. Friend X and I are going to talk about this stuff at a later date. I wanted a little time on my own to learn about all of Mohammed’s wives and concubines before we get together to make sense of it. Thought I’d share it with you guys.
I’m taking a little detour from chapter 7. This post is going to be all about Mohammed’s leading ladies. And, woah boy, there are a lot of ’em. A lot more than I had even known about. Most of the stuff we know about them comes from hadith. I think by now, most people know how I feel about those. They’re hearsay. Regardless, the vast majority of Muslim accept and believe hadith. So I’ll look at them the same way I look at the Quran. (With a raised eyebrow and a shit-eating grin on my face.) Let’s jump right in and get to it.
If you have already read the last post, then you know that jinns have made their Quranic debut. If you haven’t read the last post yet, whoops! I’m sorry for the spoiler. I’m an ass. But you keep coming back here, which makes you an ass, too. High five!
A couple of hours after I posted, I got an IM from a good friend asking, “People don’t actually believe that jinn shit, do they?” And then I got two emails basically asking the same thing. It might be worth discussing further, because, holy hell, the whole thing is just so ludicrous. If you’ve never really heard a jinn story before, you are in for a treat: I’m going to start by telling a jinn story from my own family!