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Thursday, August 07, 2008
In the Jewel of Medina incident, any account that leaves out the pivotal role of U. of Texas historian and gender studies professor Denise Spellberg, as some accounts I've read are doing, is radically incomplete. It was to Spellberg that first-time author Sherry Jones trustingly sent her book in galleys for a blurb, having partly relied on Spellberg's scholarship in her own research.

Jones was prepared, no doubt, to be denied a blurb, but one imagines she was surprised when Spellberg alerted friends in the Muslim community that they needed to get offended about this book, fast, and spread the word -- leading to Random House's decision to "postpone" the book "indefinitely."

Prof. Spellberg is currently the object of much unwelcome (to her) blogospheric attention, but I think you have to budget for that when you undertake to carry the Prophet's speech-stifling water for him.

The Jewel of Medina may not be a book I'd particularly want to read myself, but I find myself hoping the media buzz will bring a long line of major publishers to Ms. Jones's door, eager to make the money that could have been Random House's.