Shortly after Salmon Rushdie’s book Satanic Verses a fatwa was issused by the supreme leader of Iran at the time for Rushdie’s head. This resulted in several attempts on his life.
Do I think he was planning on his story to be taken that severely? No I think he wanted to piss people off and discuss what he thought falty in religion.
Do I think he was planning on having to be in hiding for 10 or so years of his life? No I don’t think he was planning on that. Of course who would plan on something like that after releasing a book? I also don’t think he wants to have a security detail for the rest of his life but it must happen to protect himself.
Its also insane to think that in . response to the book several book stores were bombed.
Following this Rushdie issued an apology which was rejected by Ayatollah Khomeini.
I personally don’t understand the purpose of the fatwa as Rushdie did not directly cause harm to Iran or the people of Iran. He just wrote a fictional book that some people took more offense to than others. Overall I think the whole book was blown out of proportion but my opinion is just that an opinion of someone who isn’t a Muslim.