In H Rider Haggard's novel She and its sequels three, the title character is known by various names, including She, Hes, and Ayesha, the latter being the title of the second book. These novels are considered to be among the earliest works of modern fantasy, forerunners of the more famous Tolkien, and indeed the influence of She is clear both in Tolkien's Galadriel and CS Lewis's Jadis. My question is:
How should the name Ayesha be pronounced?
My first assumption was "Ah-yeh-shah", but I've also seen her name identified with that of Muhammad's wife Aisha, which is pronounced "Ah-ee-shah". Is there a definitive statement from Rider Haggard on how he intended his character's name to be pronounced?