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just like how I censored your mom

You Still Can’t Write About Muhammad:

This saga upsets me as a Muslim — and as a writer who believes that
fiction can bring Islamic history to life in a uniquely captivating and
humanizing way. “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.

This time, the instigator of the trouble wasn’t a radical Muslim cleric,
but an American academic. In April, looking for endorsements, Random House sent
galleys to writers and scholars, including Denise Spellberg, an associate
professor of Islamic history at the University of Texas in Austin. Ms. Jones put
her on the list because she read Ms. Spellberg’s book, “Politics, Gender, and
the Islamic Past: The Legacy of ‘A’isha Bint Abi Bakr.”

I’m appalled. It seems that all but the initial outrage was generated by hearsay. It seems this Ms. Spellberg is a paranoid, rabble-rousing cunt. She even threatened the publisher with a lawsuit if her name was associated with the book. Well, it is now anyway because she’s the bitch that kept it (at least for the moment) off bookshelves.

This is the same logic that would keep a book about black slaves, that went against commonly perceived realities, from being published if it were written by a young, hip white guy. (HI! I have written no such book, for the record.)

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