Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Random House Pulls Novel About Muhammed's [PBUH] Wife [AS]

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By Edith Honan\Reuters

Publisher Random House has pulled a novel about the Prophet Mohammed's [PBUH] child bride [AS], fearing it could "incite acts of violence."

"The Jewel of Medina," a debut novel by journalist Sherry Jones, 46, was due to be published on August 12 by Random House, a unit of Bertelsmann AG, and an eight-city publicity tour had been scheduled, Jones told Reuters on Thursday.

The novel traces the life of A'isha [AS] from her engagement to Mohammed [PBUH], when she was six, until the prophet's death. Jones said that she was shocked to learn in May, that publication would be postponed indefinitely.

Random House deputy publisher Thomas Perry said in a statement the company received "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."

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