The tale of “lust, love and intrigue in the prophet’s harem” appears to have been way too hot of an item for the publishing house to handle.
Wall Street Journal: “After consulting security experts and Islam scholars, Mr. Perry said the company decided “to postpone publication for the safety of the author, employees of Random House, booksellers and anyone else who would be involved in distribution and sale of the novel.”
But wait! We are talking about the supposed “religion of peace” (ROP), so why the publishing house felt that there were risks involved in the publishing and marketing of the book, is beyond yours truly! And of course the decision by Random House has left the author with a bitter taste in her mouth:
“I’m devastated,” Ms. Jones told me after the book got spiked, adding, “I wanted to honor Aisha and all the wives of Muhammad by giving voice to them, remarkable women whose crucial roles in the shaping of Islam have so often been ignored — silenced — by historians.” Last month, Ms. Jones signed a termination agreement with Random House, so her literary agent could shop the book to other publishers.”
I wish the novelist all the luck in the world in trying to find a brave enough publishing house that will take up the project. But when the ire of the “religion of peace” is in question, there won’t be many who will seriously consider it, because sadly for most of them, dhimmitude is bliss. KGS
H/T: Jussi N.
NOTE: A couple of years ago, a Finnish publishing house, Gummerus, practiced self censorship due to its fear of Islamic intimidation, and unilaterally removed a picture of Mohamed from the cover of a book it was publishing.
There are so many layers of irony and tragedy to this story, epitomized most of all by the feckless Ms. Jones who not only romanticizes pedophilia (as observed aptly by Diana West), and polygamy, but seems utterly unaware that she is doing so having adopted in her own warped fashion—albeit, not “deferentially” enough—an apologetic narrative for Islam’s foundational (and living) debasement of women. Thus her “narrative” dramatization has Ali (who became the fourth “Rightly Guided Caliph, revered by Shi’a) utter to a “nervous and faint” Muhammad, “Wives are easily acquired. You will find another child-bride.”