Though the author claims to have "written respectfully about Islam and Mohammed," the publisher felt that the novel "might be offensive to some in the Muslim community" and pulled it. Random House also felt that the novel "could incite acts of violence."
Offending Muslims is verboten at Random House . . . but offending Catholics isn't. Random House, you see, published The Da Vinci Code. (Doubleday is the named publisher - but that's a division of Random House.)
I'm not Catholic and I don't even play one on television. I actually enjoyed The Da Vinci Code quite a lot. I don't really understand the offense taken either - it's just fiction everybody, not history after all - but, again, I'm not Catholic.
A large number of Catholics did find The Da Vinci Code offensive but that didn't keep and shouldn't have kept it from being published.
But the same goes here . . . even if Muslims find The Jewel of Medina offensive, that shouldn't keep it from being published. There should be no room for such a double standard.
Shame on Random House.