This past weekend, the publisher in London who bought the rights to publish a new novel which fictionalized an account of the Prophet Muhammad’s relationship with his child bride came under attack. His home/publishing headquarters was fire bombed.
Martin Rynja had already been warned by the police that he might be a target for fanatics for agreeing to publish The Jewel of Medina.
According to The Guardian,
Rynja, whose company has also published Londonistan by journalist Melanie Phillips and Blowing up Russia by murdered dissident Alexander Litvinenko, appears to have been determined to use Jones's book to take a stand for free speech.Lest you think this sort of thing couldn’t happen in America, the land of free speech, keep this in mind … the book was written by an American reporter, it was originally bought by Random House Publishing, then canceled, and an American professor at the University of Texas, Denise Spellberg condemned the book as “softcore pornography,” “very ugly, stupid piece of work,” and said, “You can’t play with a sacred history and turn it into softcore pornography.” An editor of a popular Muslim website claimed Spellberg told him the book “made fun of Muslims and their history.”
And now the publisher’s home and office was firebombed. And The Telegraph reports:
Hardline clerics said that further attacks would be "inevitable" if publication of the novel, The Jewel of Medina, goes ahead as planned next month.The Telegraph also said:
…the radical cleric Anjem Choudhary said the book was an insult to the Prophet Mohammed's honour, something he said would warrant a "death penalty" under Sharia law.