August 19, 2008


Writers accuse Random House of censorship:
"I started writing Jewel for the pleasure of presenting Aisha to the Western world," Jones wrote.

"I finished it and started its sequel with the hope that these books would become bridge-builders to other counties and increase understanding of Islam, as it was originally intended.

"Although I've been aware from the start that my books might offend some people, I've never been afraid of physical harm ... I've expected controversy, yes, but never terrorism.

"There are no sex scenes in this book. The novel is a work of serious historic fiction detailing the origins of Islam through the eyes of the Prophet Mohammed's youngest wife."

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