Romanticized Pedophilia and Polygamy


Raden Adjeng Kartini: Debasing Her Memory




Having just read the Prologue (available here, not without irony, at a website whose name ends with “..Trashy Books”) to Sherry Jones “The Jewel of Medina,” one hopes (against hope) that perhaps the whole “fatwa” imbroglio has been manufactured by Random House to jettison this idiotic “novel.”


There are so many layers of irony and tragedy to this story, epitomized most of all by the feckless Ms. Jones who not only romanticizes pedophilia (as observed aptly by Diana West), and polygamy, but seems utterly unaware that she is doing so having adopted in her own warped fashion—albeit, not “deferentially” enough—an apologetic narrative for Islam’s foundational (and living) debasement of women. Thus her “narrative” dramatization has Ali (who became the fourth “Rightly Guided Caliph, revered by Shi’a) utter to a “nervous and faint” Muhammad, Wives are easily acquired. You will find another child-bride.”


For the hadith sources of this sacralized pedophilia, see the following:


Sahih Muslim, Book 008, Number 3311:

‘A’isha (Allah be pleased with her) reported that Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) married her when she was seven years old, and she was taken to his house as a bride when she was nine, and her dolls were with her; and when he (the Holy Prophet) died she was eighteen years old.



Sahih Bukhari, Volume 7, Book 62, Number 88:

Narrated ‘Ursa:

The Prophet wrote the (marriage contract) with ‘Aisha while she was six years old and consummated his marriage with her while she was nine years old and she remained with him for nine years (i.e. till his death).


Sahih Bukhari, Volume 8, Book 73, Number 151:

Narrated ‘Aisha: I used to play with the dolls in the presence of the Prophet, and my girl friends also used to play with me. When Allah’s Apostle used to enter (my dwelling place) they used to hide themselves, but the Prophet would call them to join and play with me. (The playing with the dolls and similar images is forbidden, but it was allowed for ‘Aisha at that time, as she was a little girl, wo had not yet reached the age of puberty.) (Fateh-al-Bari page 143, Vol.13)


Sahih Muslim, Book 031, Number 5981:

‘A’isha reported that she used to play with dolls in the presence of Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) and when her playmates came to her they left (the house) because they felt shy of Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him), whereas Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) sent them to her


The ugly living legacy of such pedophilia persists in Islamic communities across the globe from Yemen, to Afghanistan—to Britain. Here is a description of the “tender, romantic, and deeply spiritual experience”—notwithstanding Jones’ invented, hagiographic “biography” of Aisha—from a contemporary female Muslim child “bride” in London:


“I told them I was terrified and desperate, that I was just a child and far too young to get married. I pleaded with them to help me escape, but no one saw anything wrong in what was happening. I begged my husband not to marry me, but he told me I had no choice.”Despite being two years below the British age of consent, Ayse was moved into her cousin’s family home, where she lived openly as his wife in the local Kurdish Turkish community. “I was all alone in a foreign country, unable to speak the language,” she said. “I was trapped. Until I escaped, I didn’t even realize that marrying at 14 wasn’t legal in Britain: everyone I knew in London regarded it as normal.” In the two years before she reached 16, the sex Ayse was coerced into having with her cousin was statutory rape. “It was disgusting, awful,” she said. “I used to scream and cry all night. I was too young, too tender. It killed me inside. Life became meaningless.”


Finally, Sherry Jones would do well to read the advocate of Indonesian women’s rights Raden Adjeng Kartini’s “Letters of a Javanese Princess,” (New York, A. A. Knopf, 1920,) to understand the ramifications of the “sacralized” polygamy (“sister wives,” Jones calls them!)  also glorified in her drivelous “The Jewel of Medina.” Here are Kartini’s poignant observations (from pp. 41-42)—still sadly relevant in our own era—ignored, and debased by Jones’ egregious novel:

“How can I respect one who is married and a father, and who when he has had enough of the mother of his children, brings another woman into his house, and is, according to the Moslem law, legally married to her? And who does not do this? And why not? It is no sin, and still less a scandal….The Moslem law allows a man to have four wives at the same time. And though it be a thousand times over no sin according to the Moslem law and doctrine, I shall forever call it a sin…And can you imagine what hell-pain a woman must suffer when her husband comes home with another—a rival—whom she must recognize as his legal wife? He can torture her to death, mistreat her as he will; if he does not choose to give her back her freedom, then she can whistle to the moon for her rights. Everything for the man, and nothing for the woman is our law…





Andrew G. Bostom is the author of The Legacy of Jihad (Prometheus, 2005) and The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism " (Prometheus, November, 2008) You can contact Dr. Bostom at

3 responses to “Romanticized Pedophilia and Polygamy

  1. Given that Spellberg is a radical feminist and Aisha worshipper, such a flippant novel, although it glorifies pedophilia and polygamy, would still be highly offensive to Muslims in general, and especially Aisha worshippers like Spellberg.

  2. I once had a hardcore feminazi history professor who praised Moham’s feministic progressiveness.

    I argued, and mentioned that he was a pedophile rapist.

    She quickly cut me off and informed the Muslims in the class that they were entitled to lodge a complaint against me, which she would readily support.

    A classmate asked me why I had to be so confrontational. I asked her what she would think of a 52 year old man having sex with a 9 year old girl. She replied, “Well, it depends on how good-looking he is.”

  3. Wow, finally Somebody sees it, I’ve been saying that the refusal to publish this book is probably a blessing in disguise,

    and Akira, I am a hard core radical feminist and let me ASSURE YOU,

    that was no feminist professor, oh hell no, thats a MISOGYNIST and probably A CHILD MOLESTER herself,


    and I would have flat confronted her in front of the entire class and asked her how many girls has she held down to be raped,

    I’ve run into those types, the Shalumuth Firestone neo-liberal distorted socialist-feminist types and they are the banality of evil…I hate them worse than I do men who support that garbage.

    They want to make it about sexuality and the whole ‘taboo’ issue but its ABOUT BOUNDARIES AND VIOLATING ‘CONSENT’ AND ‘FREE WILL’,

    abuse of power, and the whole romanticizing pedophilia is just a load of b.s. Not only that, I doubt seriously, many of the texts that have been claimed to be written by Aisha were actually written by her,

    they appear to be more from a man’s lens, rather than a girls/womans, thats just my opinion but considering the rate of illiteracy of women/girls in That EPOCH,

    I do have to wonder.

    And the classmate–STUPID, and she’s in college?????? Thats even more concerning, but its typical smart ass retort,

    the thing about Jones is she’s never been to the Middle East–IF she had, if she had of been and stared into the faces of so many girls living in that daily Hell I doubt seriously if she, unless she has absolutely no scruples, could have written such a romaticized (sic) pornographic portrayal and to sum it up to this deluded woman empowerment???

    Its the Equivalent of the Porn ‘PIMP women’ who, are the echelons in a global industry that get paid mega thousands, those ‘token’ women to paint this erotic picture of empowerment within the porn industry when in fact, its a global industry that is based on

    trafficking, slavery, rape, gang rape, RACISM, geo-political racism, war, CHILD RAPE which is what pedophilia is, black market and all the rest of the slavery and global slavery that is interconnected with it.

    And these token pimps delude so that the horrid slavery and rapes are Normalized in society to where, no one winces or even Thinks to question why so many young kids are working in brothels.

    Dulling the conscience and the fact is, the Jewel of Medina, as far as I’m concerned, is just another one of those attempts to paint this picture of child rape in Islam as some harmless erotic equal relationship, especially in light of the attention given to this subject and the rage that many feel,


    normalizing it, and Until we abolitionists get militant and totally unapologetic in confronting this evil in our world, millions more girls and boys, will be plunged into the nightmare of ABUSE AND CHILD ABUSE because pedophilia is CHILD ABUSE,

    and I don’t give a damn how many Mullahs want to say it isn’t–or how many token pimps want to try and normalize it–and me, well, any prof claiming to be feminist ever spouted that to me,

    to hell with it, I would have decked her stupid ass right then and there.

    [but then I’m not nice]

    Or better yet, drag her stupid ass to somewhere, and hand those girls knives and ask her to shut them up, girls and women, who know and have lived that hell–


    and one day, they will retaliate, Holland is extremely worried about the trafficked prostitutes who are too old to be pimped out any more so they are working to instill social programs, to pacify the angry women…

    but they can pacify for so long, because globally women and girls are getting FED UP, and one day, that native spirit in her restlessness is going to rise up, and the ones they will go after won’t just be the pedophiles,

    it will be those profs and academics and leftists who have propped that industry up and protected it,

    ONCE THEY GET THAT CONSCIOUSNESS, watch out…that prof and those like her won’t find enough places to hide.

    Just in America, there is So much rage among women and girls who have been victimized by pedophiles and rapists and the culture of rape,

    India too, Afghanistan, Iran–you can only enslave humans for so long until the dam bursts.

    And its profs like her who need to be exposed and cut down to the knees because I can guarantee you, as a FEMINIST,

    she would never be able to lay claim to that title again, without being confronted or challenged. She’s an insult [and all those like her] to everything feminists have fought for,

    NO ONE is entitled to rape a child–don’t give a damn Who it is, man or woman,

    and violating consent, by fraud, coercion, intimidation, violence or even the threat of violence, economics,

    is RAPE.

    no ands ifs nors buts about it…and IT IS A CRIME. A HUMAN RIGHT VIOLATION of the PERSONHOOD OF THAT CHILD.

    And as slavery in America did not end by strikes or pleas–it ended by a willpower, a consciousness and a rising up and yes, in violence…

    this abolitionist, woman’s and child’s rights abolitionist, feels the same way—AND IF EVERY MUSLIM OUT THERE WANTS TO FILE COMPLAINT–TO HELL WITH THEM,

    and the CULTURAL RELATIVISTS that pander to that crap mentality. Elitists, bourgeoisie maggot filth, is all they are, oppressors of the Workers, of the weak, racist to the core,

    and misogynists/ as well as imperialist feudalists.

    And This, is from a die hard radical leftist [Marxist background, independent] feminist–and as far as I’m concerned, profs like her, relativists like her, who protect slavery and chattel slavery,

    hang em on the poles…and we do need a cult of force strong enough to push this banality of evil not only back,

    but obliterate it from the planet entirely.

    If, IF there ever is enough solidarity to bring it about, I’d be on the front lines….for the children,

    not ONE girl, not ONE girl, or ONE boy, should Ever have to be violated like that. And until That day, Lord willing,

    I will fight…they can ‘shove their damn complaints’

    Director of WAMI
    Women Against Misogynist Imperialism