UNTOLD has won an International Book Award, 2011!
Marcia Z. Nelson, Religion Review Editor of Publisher’s Weekly, called UNTOLD, in a radio interview, “very distinctive.”
Untold: A History of the Wives of Prophet Muhammad is a book about the women at the dawn of a religion now claimed by one in four people on the earth (according to CNN.) The Fall 2010 “trade” paperback from Monkfish Books is available in bookstores. Thanks to those who purchased the pre-release special edition.
[To order Untold is also available in bookstores such as Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA. Also Amazon. See author page: http://www.amazon.com/author/untold ]
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“Untold” is a biographical narrative based on actual historical material with 70 poems embedded in the prose.
Comments from readers:
“I received Tamam’s beautiful book, Untold, yesterday. It is a real gem! What a treasure.” ~ Arlene
“Your wonderful UNTOLD is now in the woods of Maine. I will spread your words.” ~Henry
“The personal entwined with the historical narrative to hold the poems is so wonderful. I didn’t know how starving I was for this until you let me taste!” ~ Basira
More comments from Distinguished Readers:
<>”Untold is a riveting hen-house of delight, a book based on subjects our society finds endlessly confusing — marriage, matriarchy, and Muhammad. Finally, we get to meet the first women of Islam. Tamam, thank you for doing this brave book.” ~ Coleman Barks, author, The Essential Rumi.
<>”This book is a movement to remind us that the prophetic experience and revolution are inner as well as outer, and beyond time or place. The women on these pages have as much to tell us now as they did then. Tamam has created a new genre of Islamic literature. Through her poetry she draws us to the Mothers of Islam by illustrating, exemplifying, and embodying actual human beings. Her vibrant words provide a doorway to the Wives of the Prophet.” ~ Arthur F. Buehler (A.M., Ph.D. Harvard) Senior Lecturer, Islamic Studies, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand (2004–present).
<> In a sustained act of spirited research and imagination, Tamam Kahn brings Muhammad’s wives and daughters out of the shadows and into the light. The women of ‘Untold’ have at last found their perfect teller, in voices so gemlike and clear that one wants to chant them aloud, dance to them, celebrate with them. ~ Lesley Hazleton, author, After the Prophet.
<>”Untold takes us on Taman Kahn’s moving, personal journey of discovery, to unveil the hidden history of the wives of the Prophet Muhammad. The book frees the authentic voice of these women, who came from many different backgrounds and who played an essential role in the origins of Islam. Ms Kahn steers a middle course between Western religious prejudice and uncritical hagiography by finding the poetry hidden between the lines of reported history, itself written mostly by men. As such, this book is part of a larger movement that seeks to reclaim the voices of women prophets and saints of all traditions.” ~Dr Neil Douglas-Klotz, author of The Sufi Book of Life and co-author of The Tent of Abraham.
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<>”Swimming amid “the names of God,” Tamam Kahn has written a brilliant and illuminating book, equally awesome in the depth of its research, the grace of its prose, and the beauty of its poetic voices. Untold should be read with joy by any reader who hopes to transcend current stereotypes about Islam. It is a bridge between worlds.” ~ Alicia Ostriker, poet and critic, author of The Volcano Sequence, and of Feminist Revision and the Bible, The Nakedness of the Fathers: Biblical Visions and Revisions and Professor Emerita of English at Rutgers University.
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Radio Interview KRCB Sonoma “Muhammad’s Wives,” North Bay Report, September 9, 2010.
This is a Television interview with Henry Tenenbaum speaking with Tamam Kahn about her new book release: “Untold: A History of the Wives of Prophet Muhammad”. This interview aired on KRON 4 TV Bay Area on the Sunday Weekend News Roundup on August 15th, 2010.
This is an excerpt from Joe Milford’s radio poetry show in an interview with Poet Tamam Kahn. This was compiled from the original air date 1-29-2011.