First-time novelist Sherry Jones' fictionalized account of Aisha, the child bride of Muhammad, will be published by Beufort Books in October.
Random House declined to publish The Jewel of Medina back in August out of concern that the subject matter could be offensive to the Muslim community and might incite acts of violence.
The novel tells the story of Aisha's life, spanning the years from her engagement at age six to the prophet Muhammad to his death. A Serbian translation was released in August but was withdrawn when the Muslim community protested. A sequel is planned for a 2009 release.
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Author shocked by Jewel of Medina controversy
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
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