Satanic Verses

The Aftermath

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 recognize that Muslims in many parts of the world are genuinely distressed by the publication of my novel. I profoundly regret the distress the publication has occasioned to the sincere followers of Islam. Living as we do in a world of many faiths, this experience has served to remind us that we must all be conscious of the sensibilities of others"
Salman Rushdie
"The imperialist foreign media falsely alleged that the officials of the Islamic Republic have said the sentence of death on the author of The Satanic Verses will be retracted if he repents. Imam Khomeini has said: This is denied 100%. Even if Salman Rushdie repents and become the most pious man of all time, it is incumbent on every Muslim to employ everything he has got, his life and wealth, to send him to Hell. If a non-Muslim becomes aware of Rushdie's whereabouts and has the ability to execute him quicker than Muslims, it is incumbent on Muslims to pay a reward or a fee in return for this action."
The Office of 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. 

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