Aug 8 2008
I think it was Wednesday when the news broke that Random House pulled the book “The Jewel of Medina” that was set to be released on August 12 to be accompanied by an eight city publicity tour. It was a fictional novel that told the story of the child bride of the Prophet Mohammed, A’isha. She was engaged to the Prophet at the age of 6, married at the age of 9, consummated the relationship at age of 11, and reportedly was the Prophet’s great love.
Random House pulled the publication due to “cautionary advice not only that the publication of this book might be offensive to some in the Muslim community, but also that it could incite acts of violence by a small, radical segment.”
One scholar accused author Sherry Jones of writing “soft porn” but Jones told Publishers Marketplace that there were no sex scenes in the book.
The SmartBitch thread on this topic has garnered over 400 comments.