The Soul of a Butterfly

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The Soul of a Butterfly: Reflections on Life's Journey
Author Muhammad Ali
Hana Yasmeen Ali
Language English
Genre Autobiography
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Publication date
November 16, 2004
Pages 256
ISBN 978-0-7432-5569-1

The Soul of a Butterfly is the autobiography of Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr., a former heavyweight boxer who was a three time World Heavyweight Champion and is the greatest heavyweight of all time.[1]

It is written in collaboration with his daughter, Hana Yasmeen Ali. It is not a comprehensive autobiography but a breakdown of the important events and experiences in his life; this is suggested in the book's subtitle, Reflections on Life's Journey.

The book includes some of his and his daughter's poetry, and snippets of Sufi thought.

A chapter of the book is written solely by his daughter, Hana, where she recounts an experience with her father, and goes on to reflect upon what she means to him and what she has learned from him.

A review in the New York Times describes the book as "an elliptical, collagelike memoir that offered a philosophical look back at his life."[2]


  1. ^ "Was Ali the Greatest Heavyweight?". Retrieved December 5, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Review: For Muhammad Ali, an Endless Round of Books". New York Times. 23 June 2016. Retrieved 9 September 2016.