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May.22.2011
Like internet dating, self-publishing is something I always swore I would never do. Like internet dating, it seemed an act of desperation, the last resort for writers who couldn’t get published in any other, legitimate, way. Then news that an Oakland, California religious group had predicted the...
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Apr.12.2011
Egyptian woman in traditional hijab
Why do women wear the veil? The answer is simple. Hegemony. Patriarchal Muslim culture tells women that they should hide themselves from the eyes of men, and women buy into the notion. It's as misguided as the wearing of high-heeled shoes, or, in China, foot-binding (banned in 1912), both of which...
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Mar.23.2011
A'isha bint Abi Bakr married the Prophet Muhammad when she was nine years old -- too young to consent even had she been asked, which she was not. Her mother carried her into the bedroom, set her in his lap, said, "May you have a long and prosperous life together," then walked out...
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Feb.17.2011
The sexual assault of CBS reporter Lara Logan during her coverage of the revolution in Egypt is reprehensible. Her courage, for daring to make her story public, is laudable, drawing attention as it does to the contemptuous treatment of women in Egyptian society. During the two weeks we spent in...
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Jan.30.2011
There is a face in Egypt -- on billboards in Cairo, on the side of a building in Alexandria, in the lobby of our hotel in Aswan -- that wants so badly to be the official face. It's a benign face, slightly smiling, even bland; a timeless face, wearing neatly combed hair and a jacket-and-tie...
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Nov.26.2010
For Thanksgiving this year, I celebrate the legacy of A'isha bint Abi Bakr, the youngest and favorite wife of the Prophet Muhammad who became the most famous and influential woman in Islam. Her courage, heart, and pluck inspired my novels, "The Jewel of Medina" and "The Sword of...
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Nov.26.2010
In 52 years of marriage,Vladimir Nabokov wrote hundreds of love letters to his wife, Vera.         This I find touching, even moving. But surprising? Hardly. Nabokov was a writer, after all, and no doubt he expressed himself most perfectly via the written word.          He was also, as anyone...
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Nov.09.2010
The man I love is a composer of classical music. He is also a music professor and conductor, which makes his time for writing very precious. "I guess I'm selfish in that way," he said recently, as calmly -- and non-judgmentally -- as if he were discussing his hair color. I caught my...
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Oct.31.2010
Here's the text of my speech at Portland State University Friday, Oct. 29: As the author of two novels about the Prophet Muhammad and his controversial bride A’isha bint Abi Bakr, I know something about hate. I know something about fear. Some people hate me because they think I’m an Islamophobe....
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Sep.30.2010
Silence is consent. That's why I spoke out when, in 2008, my U.S. publisher "indefinitely postponed" publication of my novel The Jewel of Medina out of fear of terrorist reprisals. Today, the book continues to top "banned books" lists. Muslim extremists are still screaming...
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Sep.10.2010
Shortly before my book The Jewel of Medina was going to his store shelves, my U.S. publisher pulled the plug. The book is about A'isha, the most powerful and influential woman in the history of Islam. It presents the religion and its founders in a clear, objective -- human -- fashion, wrapped...
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May.20.2010
Dear Reader, Every day should be “Draw Muhammad Day.” Not for the sake of offending Muslims — although not all are offended by all depictions of the Prophet. Indeed, I’m offended by some of the drawings showing up on Facebook's "Everybody Draw Muhammad Day" page, and I’m not even Muslim....
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May.18.2010
Dear Reader, Every writer, it’s said, has a single story to tell -- and tells it over and over again. A’isha bint Abi Bakr, the most famous and influential woman in Islam, inspired me to write about her life in my novels “The Jewel of Medina” and “The Sword of Medina.” Now that I’m at work on a...
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Mar.01.2010
I’ve been working the equivalent of two jobs lately: Trying to get the word out that “The Sword of Medina,” the sequel to “The Jewel of Medina” has been published, and writing the partial manuscript and outline for my new book, “Queens of the World,” which has thrust me into a new era but, in many...
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Dec.18.2009
The latest incident of self-censorship sounds like a bad joke -- a very bad one, at which no one, except the usual morons (Muslim extremists and Islamophobes) could possibly laugh. The respected UK publication “Index on Censorship” revealed today that it has censored itself. Citing fears for the...
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