Salman Rushdie
Salman Rushdie Discusses The Fatwa Issued Against Him

Salman Rushdie is a British Indian novelist whose works include Midnight’s Children, Shalimar the Clown and Haroun and the Sea of Stories. In 1988, Rushdie released his fourth novel, The Satanic Verses. The Satanic Verses was considered controversial and sparked protests from Muslims in several countries. On February 14, 1989, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Supreme Leader of Iran, issued a fatwa calling for his assassination. Rushdie was subsequently put under police protection by the British government and spent ten years in hiding. The decree has since been lifted. In this video, Salman Rushdie discusses what it was like to have to go into hiding during that time and what it was like to write about the ordeal decades later.

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