Continuing with this month’s theme of women’s roles through history, I want to share another brilliant book with all of you. Here is my review of Equal of the Sun.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I first heard of this book when I attended a presentation at which the author spoke. I was fascinated by the woman she described: Pari Khan Khanoum was a princess of the Persian empire during the 16th Century. A contemporary of Elizabeth I, she was likewise well educated, intelligent — and ambitious.
Equal of the Sun is told through the eyes of Pari Khan’s fictional vizier, a eunuch called Javaher. Through his words, we learn of the politics, religion and intrigue of the Persian court under the Safavi dynasty.
The book was entertaining, well-written and well-researched. I found myself wanting to put aside other duties in order to read more about the fascinating characters, factions and situations described by the author!
I think that many readers in today’s environment of Islamophobia would find themselves surprised and better educated about the faith as a result of reading this book. Historical fiction can often be a gateway to better understanding, and this book is no exception.