Random House pulls novel about Muhammad

Author said goal was to expose Muhammad's feminist underpinnings
Random House is defending its decision to pull a new novel that explores the personal life of the Prophet Muhammad, citing concerns about offending Muslims and inciting violence.

The New York–based publishing giant consulted with security experts and Islamic scholars before halting publication of The Jewel of Medina, which was scheduled to hit stores August 12.

Sherry Jones, the book’s author, has said her goal was to expose the feminist underpinnings of Islam’s founder by offering details of his relationships with women. The novel traces the life of A’isha, one of Muhammad’s wives.

Jones and Random House agreed to the termination in May. Controversy flared over that agreement after it was criticized in an August 6 Wall Street Journal column. Under the agreement, Jones will be allowed to shop her book to other publishers.

 

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