Serbia: Controversial book divides Muslim groups

Belgrade, 19 August (AKI) – Serbia’s two main Muslim organisations are divided over a controversial book that has been withdrawn from sale.

‘The Jewel of Medina’ written by Sherry Jones has been withdrawn from bookshops after the Islamic Community organisation complained about its content.

The group’s mufti Muamer Zukorlic said the book was an insult to Muslims and asked the Belgrade publisher Beobuk to withdraw it from the market.

Beobuk’s director Aleksandar Jasic later apologised and the book was withdrawn.

However, The Islamic Community of Serbia, mufti Adem Ziklic on Tuesday said Zukorlic just wanted to represent himself as the sole representative of all Muslims in the country.

“This way Zukorlic has imposed himself as the only protector of Islam and causing this much stir over the book will only result in a bigger demand for the novel.

“I doubt that the mufti has read the book and it seems he is acquainted only with the parts which directly refer to scenes from the Koran (the Muslim holy book),” Ziklic said.
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