‘Jewel of Medina’ Coming Monday

Beaufort Books, the U.S. publisher of The Jewel of Medina has announced that they are moving the book’s pub. date from Oct. 15 to this coming Monday, Oct. 6, according to the AP

Publication of the book in the U.K. was delayed because of a fire-bomb attack on the publisher’s house.  A new date has not been announced. It is still scheduled to be published in over a dozen other countries.

Eric Kampmann, president of Beaufort Books told the AP that they’ve made this move because, once people read the book, “…we thought the violence part of this story would disappear and people would be focusing on the story, and the book and [author] Sherry Jones.”

Jones has appearances scheduled in Spokane, WA and at the Montana Festival of the Book.

Barnes and Noble will display the book in their new fiction sections. Spokesperson Mary Ellen Keating told the AP, “We’ve been in touch with the publisher who assures us that neither he nor the author feels there are any immediate safety or security concerns around this title.”

The book is listed on Amazon as “currently unavailable.” Most libraries are showing it as on order.

The Jewel of Medina

Sherry Jones

ISBN: 978-0-8253-0518-4
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 432
Publisher: Beaufort Books

Publisher synopsis:

Born A’isha bint Abi Bakr in seventh century Arabia, she would become the favorite wife of the Prophet Muhammad, and one of the most revered women in the Muslim faith. Married at the age of nine, The Jewel of Medina illuminates the difficult path A’isha confronted, from her youthful dreams of becoming a Bedouin warrior, to her life as the beloved wife and confident of the founder of Islam.

In an era when women had few rights of their own and were often treated as chattel, A’isha used her wits, her courage, and even her sword in a struggle to control her own destiny and carve out a place for herself in the umma, fighting religious persecution, jealous sister-wives, political rivals, and her own temptations. Her ingenuity and devotion would make her an indispensable advisor to Muhammad, earn her the coveted position of his favorite wife, and ultimately make her a fierce protector of his words and legacy.

Extensively researched and elegantly crafted, The Jewel of Medina presents the beauty and harsh realities of life in an age long past, during a time of war, enlightenment, and upheaval. At once a love story, a history lesson, and a coming-of-age tale,The Jewel of Medina provides humanizing glimpses into the origins of the Islamic faith, and the nature of love, through the eyes of a truly unforgettable heroine.


One Response to “‘Jewel of Medina’ Coming Monday”

  1. Diana Raabe Says:

    It’s hard to distill all the judgments surrounding this novel when it seems so few people have actually read it. Random House’s decision not to publish the book was based largely on the opinion of one associate professor at the University of Texas, Denise Spellberg, who also said she just didn’t like the book (some background here: http://theraabereview.com/2008/09/10/the-jewel-of-medina-uncensored/).

    The book was taken off shelves in Serbia at the request/demand of a radical Islamic Mufti. However, it has since been returned to shelves and is, apparently, available for purchase there.

    At the time of this writing, The Jewel of Medina was not yet on shelves in Minnesota as far as I can tell, but could be available here yet tonight.