In April, Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books will publish my first novel Mother of the Believers, which tells the story of the birth of Islam from the point of view of Prophet Muhammad’s wife Aisha.
A similarly themed book, Jewel of Medina by Sherry Jones, was released last year under much controversy, after her initial publisher cancelled her contract for fear of inciting Muslim protests. With my own novel coming out in a few days, it is inevitable that people ask whether I am worried that the book will generate controversy. My response is that I have no doubt that the book will generate controversy and create a passionate debate among both Muslims and non-Muslims, as there are aspects of my novel that will offend people in both communities. READ MORE