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May 21, 2009

Author claims her book is being censored for anti-Islam content, Publishers say it's just awful and the worst thing ever written

Muhammad child bride novel author condemns UK 'censorship' | Books | guardian.co.uk

Sherry Jones, author of a controversial novel about the child bride of Muhammad, has accused British publishers of being too afraid to publish her book in the wake of a firebomb attack on the office of Gibson Square, the London-based publisher which had been set to release it last year.

Her novel, The Jewel of Medina, was initially acquired for a six-figure advance by Random House US, but dropped by the publisher last summer after it was warned that the book's subject matter "might be offensive to some in the Muslim community, but also that it could incite acts of violence by a small, radical segment". It was later acquired and published in America by small US publisher Beaufort Books. Gibson Square bought UK rights, but dropped the book following an arson attack on the home and office of its publisher Martin Rynja. Last week three men were found guilty of conspiracy to recklessly damage property and endanger life.

And because we here at the Poor Mojo Newswire Collective love you, here is a sample of the book. This is from a scene wherein the protagonist, Aisha, fucks the prophet Mohammed:

"This was the beginning of something new, something terrible. Soon I would be lying on my bed beneath him, squashed like a scarab beetle, flailing and sobbing while he slammed himself against me. He would not want to hurt me, but how could he help it? It's always painful the first time," Jones writes. And earlier: "I pulled myself up to my windowsill and peered into the stars, imagining they were the one thousand and one eyes of al-Lah. When He looked at me, what did He see? Inferiority, a shrunken soul, a light that shone more feebly than that of a man? Or did He see what I felt - a bright burning, like the bush He'd inhabited the day He'd revealed Himself to Moses?"