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Random House Cancels Book About Prophet Mohammed

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.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. veinglory
    Aug 08, 2008 @ 11:13:06

    I have a feeling I will be happier not reading those comments.

  2. Rebecca
    Aug 08, 2008 @ 12:15:39

    Have no fear. As a poster to that string, I can tell you that the conversation is a good one. There’s only about two instances of what might be described as a flamer and those were disputed and discussed…So, it’s really interesting to read through the posts.

    It does take a while though.

  3. Keri M
    Aug 08, 2008 @ 13:46:18

    Yes, I read through quite a few of them myself on the day it came out, talking about bringing people out of the woodwork. I posted the info on F. Paul Wilson’s website and boy did I get responses. People couldn’t believe that something like that would happen in America in today’s world. Shame on Random House.

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