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Posted by David Mehegan  September 29, 2008 11:14 AM

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The violent campaign against Sherry Jones's "Jewel of Medina" has apparently started, according to the Times's Sarah Lyall, in a Sunday story.

The first novel about a wife of the prophet Mohammad was to have been published by Random House earlier this year, but Random backed out last summer amid fears that the book would offend some Muslims enough to endanger the publisher's employees.

Later, New York-based publisher Beaufort Books agreed to publish the book in the United States, while Gibson Square took it on in the United Kingdom. Lyall reports an apparent arson attack early Saturday at the Gibson office, after which three men were arrested. It appears that authorities had been tipped off ahead of time and were waiting .

Gibson intends to go ahead with the book, as does Beaufort. Presumably, New York and federal authories are alert to similar acts on this side of the Atlantic. It seems clear that this story isn't over.

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