"The Jewel of Medina" Censored by Muslim pressure, Romance Novel About the Prophet Muhammad Spiked for Feat of Violence. Sherry Jones, author of The Jewel of Medina, said she received word from Random House Inc. that the book's release would be "postponed indefinitely and the book was pulled from shelves.
At issue is Jones' portrayal of the prophet's wife A'isha, whom Muhammad is said to have married when she was 9 years old. In her novel Jones describes the consummation of their marriage when A'isha was 14. In an excerpt Jones wrote: "The pain of consummation soon melted away. Muhammad was so gentle. I hardly felt the scorpion's sting. To be in his arms, skin to skin, was the bliss I had longed for all my life." "The Prophet Muhammad appears to have been a pedophile with a sexual appetite for young children, all of this has been well documented over the years.
Terrorism expert Steven Emerson head of The Investigative Project on Terrorism said Random House's decision to scrap the book sets a dangerous precedent for freedom of speech. "This is one of the most despicable episodes of appeasement," Emerson told FOX News.com. "You can intimidate publishing and media to not publish anything critical about Islam, and just by an indirect threat of not being happy about it."
First it was cartoons about the Prophet Muhammad that caused threats of violence, actual violence, and calls for censorship. Now it's a racy romance novel about Muhammad called The Jewel of Medina, which is stirring controversy, according to the Wall St. Journal. The Jewel of Medina, written by Sherry Jones, was supposed to be published on August 12th. Sherry Jones was to go on a book tour to promote her historical romance about the relationship between the Prophet of Islam and one of his wives, Aisha. Instead fear of terrorism and a reticence about any kind of open discourse about Islam and its founder has caused the publisher Random House to postpone the publication of The Jewel of Medina indefinitely. Sherry Jones and her literary agent are shopping the book to other publishers.