Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The Jewel of Medina ????

book that fully with da controversy n propaganda about Islam....

Cover for the planned Ballantine release of The Jewel of Medina

Sherry Jones

United States of America

English Publisher
Gibson Square (UK)Beaufort Books (USA)

Publication date
October 2008

Media type
Print (hardcover)

432 pages

It was in that same professional capacity that I felt it my duty to warn the press of the novel's potential to provoke anger among some Muslims." She also stated that "The combination of sex and violence sells novels. When combined with falsification of the Islamic past, it exploits Americans who know nothing about Aisha or her seventh-century world and counts on stirring up controversy to increase sales."
"only works by taking advantage of people's ignorance"-by Denise Spellberg

some comments from islamic scholar:
Indian Muslim writer Farzana Versey criticized Jones' prose and perspective, based on the published excerpts: "It would be unfair to tar the whole book based on the Prologue, but it gives a credible peek into the language and lack of nuance the author employs. ... Apparently, Ms. Jones for all her two years of research has managed a version of chick lit, where Aisha gets in confessional mode and in a Mills and Boon fashion 'leans on her husband', 'falls into his arms', and in a rather treacly account relates that '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.' At age nine or eleven, the 'all my life' seems rather a stretch." Versey also criticizes Asra Nomani's perspective that fictional accounts can "humanize" Islamic history: "If people do believe in a certain faith, then let them decide on how to define their belief. That too constitutes freedom of speech. Fictional accounts of this nature only serve as trashy one-upmanship.

They do not humanize or, alas, even demonize religion."
Egyptian writer Ethar El-Katatney reviewed the novel on October 6, 2008 in an article entitled 'Flawed Jewel' and interviewed both Sherry Jones and Denise Spellberg. She critiqued the book and offered both Jones and Spellberg the opportunity to answer her critiques.". El-Katatney also made a telephone interview with Jones publicly accessible.

On October 7, 2008 El-Katatney wrote an op-ed entitled 'The “Flawed” Jewel of Medina' to which Jones responded to directly.
On October 6, 2008 an radical Muslim organisation run by British Islamist Anjem Choudary and Omar Bakri Muhammad wrote an article on the novel, having not reviewed it, referring to it as a 'blasphemous book' and to Jones as 'an enemy of Islam and author of this heinous book' and her 'illicit portrayal of the marriage between the final Prophet Muhammad.' The organisation state that 'The Jewel of Medina is a book that accurately reflects the current temperament of the disbelievers' and that it 'is yet another chapter in the continuing war against Islam and Muslims that reveals the burning hatred harboured in the hearts of the disbelievers....

cheakitout & c more n think about it, if u as a really true muslim.....