Skip to comments.Fears of Muslim anger over religious book
Posted on 06/02/2009 7:55:21 AM PDT by Schnucki
'Does God Hate Women' by Jeremy Stangroom and Ophelia Benson cites attitudes to women and criticises Mohammed's marriage
An academic book about religious attitudes to women is to be published this week despite concerns it could cause a backlash among Muslims because it criticises the prophet Muhammad for taking a nine-year-old girl as his third wife.
The book, entitled Does God Hate Women?, suggests that Muhammad's marriage to a child called Aisha is "not entirely compatible with the idea that he had the best interests of women at heart".
It also says that Cherie Blair, wife of the former prime minister, was "incorrect" when she defended Islam in a lecture by claiming "it is not laid down in the Koran that women can be beaten by their husbands and their evidence should be devalued as it is in some Islamic courts".
This weekend, the publisher, Continuum, said it had received "outside opinion" on the book's cultural and religious content following suggestions that it might cause offence. "We sought some advice and paused for thought before deciding to go ahead with publication," said Oliver Gadsby, the firm's chief executive. The book will be released on Thursday.
A recent novel that also dealt with Muhammad's relationship with Aisha provoked an outcry. The Jewel of Medina caused such anger that a Muslim extremist was convicted earlier this month of trying to firebomb the office of its publisher.
Continuum's book may cause a backlash because it sets out to be a factual examination of religious attitudes to women. British writer Jeremy Stangroom and his American co-author Ophelia Benson, whose previous books on philosophy and science have received favourable reviews, cite ancient Islamic scholars to support their case. They roundly attack previous attempts to "soft-soap" the controversial episode in Muhammad's life.
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Sounds like a good book.
Until I see more in the Muslim community decrying the actions of those like this murder who killed the soldier in AR yesterday, I couldn’t care less about what they think or how angry they get.
If immigrants from Muslim countries want to live here, let them --no MAKE them--live by our laws and standards of decency.
How in the world did this country, let alone the world, let PC run so amok.
Seriously. Both they and the leftist democrat socialists are Cults of Perpetual Anger and Victimhood...
Yeah. I agree. Newsflash to these idiots. Radical islamists are angry period. They don’t need a book to be angry. How silly.
wasn’t she five and then he just waited till she was nine?
“Lighten up, Achmed.”
| Nope, but Allah sure does!
Aisha was six when the pedophile married her.
He can't really believe this, since authoritative Muslim sources prove it. So he's just practicing taqqiyah.
He’s a former leader of a banned British group. Is he banned in England like Michael Savage?
According to the traditional sources, Aisha was six or seven years old when betrothed to Muhammad American historian Denise Spellberg states that "these specific references to the bride's age reinforce Aisha's pre-menarcheal status and, implicitly, her virginity."
- Watt, "Aisha", Encyclopedia of Islam Online
- Amira Sonbol, Rise of Islam: 6th to 9th century, Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures
- D. A. Spellberg, Karen Armstrong, Muhammad: A Biography of the Prophet, Harper San Francisco, 1992, p. 157.
Why would they be upset that people are discussing that glorious truth? They're not saying there's something wrong with a man in his 60s marrying a girl who is, after all, old enough to be in first grade, are they?
For the life of me, I cannot see why. Six years old sounds like she was ready for marriage. And just think how praiseworthy the Prophet of Allah was for waiting until she was nine to consummate their beloved union! What dignity! What self-denial! What a role model of self-control for all men to model themselves after!
Gotta go. Time for my 'beheading infidels' practice...
The only non-angry muslim is a dead one.