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Rushdie's own assumptions about the importance of literature parallel in the literal value accorded the written word in Islamic tradition to some degree. East, West Show related SlideShares at end. Showing That's a bit disturbing considering this book was first published in Recipients of the Booker Prize. Or this:
Original Title. Gibreel Farishta , Saladin Chamcha. London, England Bombay India. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Satanic Verses , please sign up. He deserved what happened to him after he finished the book right?
Rini No. He did not deserve to have his life threatened for writing a book, ffs. See all 10 questions about The Satanic Verses…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. I never got past page 60 in this book. I read and forgot and reread and forgot again up unto about the fifth reading when I thought to myself that I might rate Midnight's Children as one of the greatest books I've read, enjoyed the depiction of Benazir Bhutto as the Virgin Ironpants in Shame a great deal, but I also couldn't read Shalimar the Clown and thought that Grimus was excreble not even Rushie rated this first offering of his oeuvre.
So what was I doing trying so hard with the Satanic V I never got past page 60 in this book. So what was I doing trying so hard with the Satanic Verses? I felt that for a book to engender such a farrago of praise, death and destruction I must read it for myself and see what it was all about. But I couldn't. It bored me rigid. However from the synopsis and reviews I have read of the book, I think it might translate into an excellent film, I just don't think there is a director alive courageous enough to make it, nor a cast who would act in it, and I don't blame any of them.
But I do hate that the fundamentalists have got even that much of a victory. Well not death, nah, not that, just shut up already and go and moan to your friends and family like everyone else would.
View all comments. Satanic Verses: A Composition He had just finished his thirty-fourth reading of the play. The unsaid hate, the unseen events, the half-imagined wrongs; they tormented him. What could cause such evil to manifest, he just could not figure. He loved him too much to believe the simple explanation.
And then the idea starts growing on him - to explore the growth of evil just as Shakespeare showed, explored the tragic culmination of it. And because you show the growth, it can no longer be a tragedy, no, Satanic Verses: And because you show the growth, it can no longer be a tragedy, no, no it has to be a comedy.
A tragicomedy. And he set to it. He painted Othello as an Indian actor, worshiped and adored and off on a mad canter to get his Ice Queen, his Desdemona. On his way he meets him - the poor man trying to forget his own roots and desperately reinventing himself, his Iago.
Yes Iago too was once a man. What twists of fate made him evil incarnate? He sets out his prime motif: Wait a minute, he blinks at his notes, if Iago is evil incarnate, does that not also mean that he is Satan incarnate? Chamcha then is Satan incarnate? Then Othello has to be God?
A little bit more corruptible maybe? Let us make him the angel Gibreel, he decided. As an aside, as the angel, he can slip into that reality in his dreams and reenact the story history? Why not call the novel so too, except that it would mean something else - the verses that the real Satan of the story, Iago, sings in Othello's ear.
He knows that this might be cause for misunderstanding, might ruffle a few feathers, but it is just a digression, the real story is beyond that - it is not the Event Horizon. But he can't help himself. He never could keep a story simple. Ah, now something beyond mere Othello is taking shape is it not?
If Iago is Satan, then surely it is in character to enjoy with consummate pleasure the sight of his own jealousy consuming himself - the green-eyed monster that feeds on itself. So Satan decides to narrate the story of one of his incarnations?
Or rather, possessions?
The questions that are to run his plot are flowing freely now. How an ordinary man when in contact with an angel inevitably had to transform into Lucifer himself. How can one exist without the other. They meet and the spiral ensues and Iago mutates and agitates and like a cancerous growth his strange fate builds until he turns his wrath square on his angel, his Othello. And how can he then not try to destroy what he is not, what he can not be.
There is the moment before evil, then the moment of, then the time after; and each subsequent stride becomes progressively easier.
But what about before and after the madness? It surely must be an ordinary life, with ordinary joys and pains. It is a cosmic drama, he concludes. In the process, every insinuated implication in the play is to be played out in this story - Cassio does sleep with Iago's wife, Iago is madly lustful of Desdemona, Othello is a deserving victim of directed revenge for very real ills and Iago needs no invented or unbelievable reasons for his actions. He is justified. It was inevitable.
Salman Rushdie sets down his pen. He has vindicated Iago, many a literature lover's favorite character. And for that, I am eternally thankful. View all 61 comments. Occasionally, I will go into Half Price Books and buy a book that hasn't been recommended by any one I know, by an author I've never read before, solely because of its "critical acclaim.
It is a weakness. My decision was based on the controversy surrounding the book. It was thought to be so controversial, so blasphemous, that Ay Occasionally, I will go into Half Price Books and buy a book that hasn't been recommended by any one I know, by an author I've never read before, solely because of its "critical acclaim. It was thought to be so controversial, so blasphemous, that Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa on Salman Rushdie. It became every Muslim's sacred duty to hunt down this writer of fiction and kill him.
So I thought these were the days long before the reaction to Danish comics wow, this book pissed off people enough that they want to kill him? I must read this book. It's gotta be good. That's what controversy does. It brings a lot of attention to something that doesn't always merit the attention. So, when I bought Rushdie's book, I fell for the hype.
Partly because it was a subject that I did have an interest in. I'm an amateur theologian, and I can't find better amusement than blasphemy. Besides that, I love Magic Realism and this book had plenty of that.
What this book did not have plenty of was editing. This book was in serious need of an editor. There were parts that were more thrilling and exciting, but overall, the writing of the book was bland and uninspired for its very interesting subject matter. Quick Plot Summary: Two Indian ex-patriots, now living in England living very famous lives are on an airplane when it is exploded by terrorists. They survive the explosion and the fall and upon landing begin changing.
The garish obnoxious one, gains a halo, becoming the arch-angel Gabreel and the prim and proper other one gains horns and goat legs. The devil's story is his reintroduction into society and the angel's story is through his dreams, he inspires the prophet Mohammad. Everything culminates into a showdown between these two entities.
But along the way, nothing happens. We have pages and pages of unnecessary background information. And then, we have more pages and pages of unnecessary background information. We keep getting filled with pages and pages of unnecessary background information. Suddenly, we're faced with a book that is much larger, and more importantly, much drier than it should be. It really does have the basis for a great story.
Wonderful things happen in this book that everyone should read, but it's not worth getting through all the unnecessary to get there. I've never taken so long to read a book. Usually, I read a book when I want to and usually that's all the time. This book, I only read in great spurts when I was sitting and waiting. I read a bunch when I was sitting and waiting at a debate tournament.
I read a bunch while I was sitting and waiting monitoring my students testing. I read a bunch while I was sitting and waiting in the bathtub for my health to return. Never was there a point when I wanted to pick up this book because it was interesting and I couldn't wait to get back to the story. As big a fan of magic realism as I am, I was disappointed. If you're looking for a Muslim centric magic realism story that uses a lot of the same story telling techniques that Rushdie uses, I recommend a far superior story done by a far superior writer: Farnoosh Moshiri's At the Wall of the Almighty.
View all 21 comments. Mar 03, Sean Barrs the Bookdragon rated it did not like it Recommends it for: The Satanic Verses is vastly imaginative and creative; it is a force to be reckoned with in the literary world providing you can actually get through it. Perhaps if I was more widely read I would have appreciated it more. T The Satanic Verses is vastly imaginative and creative; it is a force to be reckoned with in the literary world providing you can actually get through it.
Otherwise most of the allusions will be wasted on you like they were me. It drew upon such a huge wealth of myths, religion and stories that it became so hard to follow.
Multiple names are used to refer to the same characters and they frequently shifted in and out of the narrative making it hard to focus on the story and discern what the actual story was at any given point. This meant that a confusing novel became even more confusing. I find the history of the novel, the events that led Rushdie to go into hiding as he feared for his own life, far more interesting than the actual work itself perhaps because I can actually comprehend the facts as they are not veiled in a web of incomprehensible allegory.
One day I will come back to this book, not anytime soon; it will be a day when I am more familiar with the texts it discusses and engages with. At least then, I may be able to read it and form a solid opinion of it. View all 12 comments. From the archives: September 27 The Satanic Verses , the controversial first draft of the Quran recently discovered after spending years in a safe deposit box, finally appeared yesterday to a mixed reception.
I'm so excited!! Can you believe it?! Influential blogger AyatollahK has been particularly outspoken. View all 32 comments. Apr 24, Taylor rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Here's the thing about this book that you will immediately grasp from what everyone says: I do not mean this in a bad sense. I mean this in the sense that it's overwhelming. It's long, complex storylines that involve overlapping characters and storylines that don't overlap in time or space at all , dense and occasionally slow.
It is not for the reader with ADD. No matter how quickly you think you might read, reading this book will slow you down. No matter how determined you are to Here's the thing about this book that you will immediately grasp from what everyone says: No matter how determined you are to catch every single detail and nuance of this book and what it means, you will not.
I can generally blaze through a book in a matter of days. It took me an entire year to read this book, and was almost certainly my longest read.
I often had to go back and refer to other parts of the book to keep names and events straight. Rushdie is a master writer, and I can't tell you how much I took away from this book.
I would have liked to taken a class on it while reading it so that I could have understood more of it, but even without one, I enjoyed every second of it.
View 1 comment. Jul 16, Michael Finocchiaro rated it really liked it Shelves: Unfortunately, most people know this book from the scandal and fatwa it generated around the personage of its prolific and outspoken author Salman Rushdie rather than the book itself. The thing that enraged some Muslims and the Ayatollah of Iran most of all was Rushdie's hypothesis that Mohammed, being completely illiterate and having the Qu'ran being narrated to him by Archangel Gabriel could have dozed off at one point and that Satan could have impersonated Gabriel without Mohammed noticing Unfortunately, most people know this book from the scandal and fatwa it generated around the personage of its prolific and outspoken author Salman Rushdie rather than the book itself.
The thing that enraged some Muslims and the Ayatollah of Iran most of all was Rushdie's hypothesis that Mohammed, being completely illiterate and having the Qu'ran being narrated to him by Archangel Gabriel could have dozed off at one point and that Satan could have impersonated Gabriel without Mohammed noticing causing some verses of the Holy Book to be written by him.
That's it. Just a theory. No more than when Kazantzakis imagines Jesus fantasising about accepting Mary Magdalene's sexual advances. In Rushdie's book, this is not even the main story, just an internal narrative in a dream of a character that falls out of an airplane of all things. The book is highly imaginative and although I preferred Midnight's Children and The Moor's Last Sigh, remains for me one of his best works.
So read it if for any other reason as to oppose censorship and support artistic freedom and artistic license. Aug 10, Jr Bacdayan rated it it was amazing. What kind of idea are you? This question, scattered throughout the pages of this novel, is the intermediary between the author and his work. So what kind of an idea is this? In turn, what kind of idea are w What kind of idea are you? In turn, what kind of idea are we?
It is said that people are only the sum of their ideas and beliefs. So what equaled to our sum? What are we made of? Are you a preconceived idea? When does the bias of the material end and when does the bias of the reader begin? Or maybe it drove you off altogether. I assure you this novel is not satanic in any devilish way. Now I ask the question: Do we really approach a book with an open mind, or do we give immediate judgment to books based on their titles?
Do we read without bias or do we bear impasse to fairness. Do we aim to learn or do we aim to protect our knowledge? These questions, I believe, are critical when discussing reading materials which are controversial in nature.
It occurred to me when, during an article review in one of my classes, my group-mates and I discussed the bias of an article about the Gaza affair. My groupmates interpreted the article in favor of Israel while I, on the other hand, viewed it a bit sympathetic towards Palestinians. I realized then that when it came to issues we have forehand knowledge of; people tend to see what they want to see.
Justification of its stand is the priority of the mind rather than the absorption of new information. This selective receiving, blindsiding whatever parity the material has, is a greater source of misconstrusion rather than biased material. Sure, there will always be certain biases in all materials we read, but the bias of the mind is the sieve through which comprehension passes, it will only let in biases it supports. The bias of a material will be evident to an open mind, but the bias of a reader will affect even the most unbiased material.
A good example is the reading of the Bible. The Bible is the foundation of Christianity. Even the most gifted mind is beset by this problem, and I believe it takes years of practice to be able to read something without any inclinations.
So before you read this novel, I beg that you give a conscious effort to be open-minded and at least try to suppress the inevitable biases that you will have. Only then can one learn to fully appreciate this novel.
Its many facets, much like a dice that can roll to many of its sides, may have different meanings or might be driving together at one main point. Many possible ideas are present, one can choose which to focus on, which to ignore, which to accept. Which I idea are you? If you will notice, all the facets and interwoven tales are delved in problems when the characters place their life, their ideas on nationalism, faith, someone they want to be like, someone they love, on political beliefs, on destiny, on goodwill, on what everybody does.
Are your ideas your own, or were they placed there by society? Creativity, originality, uniqueness these things are being suppressed by a society that calls for conformity, for belongingness. What kind of idea will you be?
As a result, they sought ethical satisfactions in the oldest of the grand narratives, that is, religious faith. But these narratives are being manipulated by the theocracy and various political elements in an entirely retrogressive way. If we write in such a way as to pre-judge such belief as in some way deluded or false, then are we not guilty of elitism, of imposing our world-view on the masses?
Otherwise we shall repel and alienate the very people whose reform we should desire. It is not for me to say. It was his choice, and I refuse to cast another stone where I am but an observer. But who are we to say that he deserves to die for his unbelief? It is one thing to ask for an apology, and another to take life altogether. Why should a review get deleted when it says bad things about an author?
Free Expression is commendable but one must also remember repercussions. Acts are done in the name of ideas. Be careful what ideas you clash with, you embody, for unlike an idea which can change, the associated action cannot be taken back.
Will the possibility of criticism deter your idea? View all 14 comments. View all 10 comments.
Jul 02, Ben rated it liked it. People jumping into this book blindly may soon find themselves wishing they had informed themselves somewhat beforehand. I must claim an embarrassing ignorance about just about every aspect of this daunting work at the outset: I had only the faintest whisper of a memory of having heard the phrase "satanic verses" outside of a discussion of the ever-present religiously-sanctioned hit out on the author's life.
I had very little knowledge of Indian culture and none regarding the cross-cultural expe People jumping into this book blindly may soon find themselves wishing they had informed themselves somewhat beforehand. I had very little knowledge of Indian culture and none regarding the cross-cultural experiences of Indian immigrants living in Great Britain, and I only knew the barest outline of the history of Islam. While reading this book, I fell head-first into every one of these gaps in my knowledge and quite a few more besides.
To pigeonhole the Satanic Verses as a book solely concerned with and influenced by the above mentioned topics is to miss a great deal of what Rushdie put into it.
Personally, while reading, I often found it helpful and at times necessary to educate myself along the way. Even still, I recognize that I have not grasped many of the story's finer points and subtler themes, and I suspect that, if ever in my life I am able and patient enough to deepen my understanding of this work, my rating will almost certainly improve. View all 13 comments. View 2 comments. View all 16 comments. Apr 14, Rich rated it did not like it.
Salman Rushdie uses excessive language to cloud discordant plots, has a part-time occupation of scouring the news to write op-eds about evil Muslim organizations he reads about, and is obsessed with celebrity. Rushdie strangles his plot in The Satanic Verses by hitching every development to a forced and unnecessarily long description or metaphor.
His overwriting prevents the development of narrative flow. He even returns to more metaphors about the same topic sometimes, like when he writes about Salman Rushdie uses excessive language to cloud discordant plots, has a part-time occupation of scouring the news to write op-eds about evil Muslim organizations he reads about, and is obsessed with celebrity. He even returns to more metaphors about the same topic sometimes, like when he writes about stuff falling out of the plane in the first chapter again and again.
It's not hard to read but it is distracting and he uses ingratiating language. He doesn't sound confident in his writing. I'm falling out of an aeroplane! I don't oppose metaphors and I don't even oppose varied styles and formats of writing, so long as they are effective. There is a difference between figurative language and purple prose.
Look at this punctuation, pg. I won't forget. I don't like kitschy conversational prose. What a way to start a paragraph!
God just died? Aw man, false alarm, it's just more crap like: I'll keep that in mind about the character from now on. Nah, I'll probably forget it. It doesn't matter though because it didn't mean anything to begin with. At least he threw in a book recommendation, Akbar and Birbal, in that paragraph to make it worth something. It's out-of-place. He's certainly proven to me that he's a master of the Orient at this point, though. Someone told me not to use the term "orientalist" because it was "stale" so I'll use master of the Orient instead.
He also gives a shout-out to Hinduism and Buddhism in this paragraph. Just name-drop those religions as fast as you can and move on, I guess. No Satanic influence there. Rushdie also relies on intentionally jumbled what'sitcalledwhenyoudothisstupidthing? This sucks. Rushdie announced in June that he had written the first draft of a script for a new television series for the US cable network Showtime , a project on which he will also serve as an executive producer.
The new series, to be called The Next People , will be, according to Rushdie, "a sort of paranoid science-fiction series, people disappearing and being replaced by other people. Rushdie is a member of the advisory board of The Lunchbox Fund ,  a non-profit organisation which provides daily meals to students of township schools in Soweto of South Africa.
He is also a member of the advisory board of the Secular Coalition for America ,  an advocacy group representing the interests of atheistic and humanistic Americans in Washington, D. He is also a Laureate of the International Academy of Humanism. In , Salman Rushdie appeared as himself in Episode 3 of Season 9 of Curb Your Enthusiasm ,  sharing scenes with Larry David  to offer advice on how Larry should deal with the fatwa that has been ordered against him.
The publication of The Satanic Verses in September caused immediate controversy in the Islamic world because of what was seen by some to be an irreverent depiction of Muhammad. The title refers to a disputed Muslim tradition that is related in the book.
According to this tradition, Muhammad Mahound in the book added verses Ayah to the Qur'an accepting three goddesses who used to be worshipped in Mecca as divine beings.
According to the legend, Muhammad later revoked the verses, saying the devil tempted him to utter these lines to appease the Meccans hence the "Satanic" verses. However, the narrator reveals to the reader that these disputed verses were actually from the mouth of the Archangel Gabriel. The book was banned in many countries with large Muslim communities 13 in total: In response to the protests, on 22 January Rushdie published a column in The Observer that called Muhammad "one of the great geniuses of world history," but noted that Islamic doctrine holds Muhammad to be human, and in no way perfect.
He held that the novel is not "an anti-religious novel. It is, however, an attempt to write about migration, its stresses and transformations. Chapter IV of the book depicts the character of an Imam in exile who returns to incite revolt from the people of his country with no regard for their safety.
A bounty was offered for Rushdie's death,  and he was thus forced to live under police protection for several years. When, on BBC Radio 4 , he was asked for a response to the threat, Rushdie said, "Frankly, I wish I had written a more critical book," and "I'm very sad that it should have happened.
It's not true that this book is a blasphemy against Islam. I doubt very much that Khomeini or anyone else in Iran has read the book or more than selected extracts out of context. When we played Wembley, Salman showed up in person and the stadium erupted. You [could] tell from [drummer] Larry Mullen, Jr. Salman was a regular visitor after that. He had a backstage pass and he used it as often as possible. For a man who was supposed to be in hiding, it was remarkably easy to see him around the place.
On 24 September , as a precondition to the restoration of diplomatic relations with the UK, the Iranian government, then headed by Mohammad Khatami , gave a public commitment that it would "neither support nor hinder assassination operations on Rushdie.
Hardliners in Iran have continued to reaffirm the death sentence. Rushdie has reported that he still receives a "sort of Valentine 's card" from Iran each year on 14 February letting him know the country has not forgotten the vow to kill him and has jokingly referred it as "my unfunny Valentine"  in a sly reference to the song "My Funny Valentine".
He said, "It's reached the point where it's a piece of rhetoric rather than a real threat. Rushdie himself has been prevented from entering Pakistan, however. A former bodyguard to Rushdie, Ron Evans, planned to publish a book recounting the behaviour of the author during the time he was in hiding.
Evans claimed that Rushdie tried to profit financially from the fatwa and was suicidal, but Rushdie dismissed the book as a "bunch of lies" and took legal action against Evans, his co-author and their publisher. Joseph Anton was Rushdie's secret alias. In November , former Indian minister P. Chidambaram acknowledged that banning The Satanic Verses was wrong. Yet more money was added to the bounty in February On 3 August , while Mustafa Mahmoud Mazeh was priming a book bomb loaded with RDX explosive in a hotel in Paddington , Central London, the bomb exploded prematurely, destroying two floors of the hotel and killing Mazeh.
A previously unknown Lebanese group, the Organization of the Mujahidin of Islam, said he died preparing an attack "on the apostate Rushdie". The first martyr to die on a mission to kill Salman Rushdie.
I am sure there are millions of Muslims who are ready to give their lives to defend our prophet's honour and we have to be ready to do anything for that. In , soon after the publication of The Satanic Verses , a Pakistani film entitled International Gorillay International Guerillas was released that depicted Rushdie as a villain plotting to cause the downfall of Pakistan by opening a chain of casinos and discos in the country; he is ultimately killed at the end of the movie.
The film was popular with Pakistani audiences, and it "presents Rushdie as a Rambo -like figure pursued by four Pakistani guerrillas". Two months later, however, Rushdie himself wrote to the board, saying that while he thought the film "a distorted, incompetent piece of trash", he would not sue if it were released. He later said, "If that film had been banned, it would have become the hottest video in town: While the film was a great hit in Pakistan, it went virtually unnoticed elsewhere.
Rushdie was due to appear at the Jaipur Literature Festival in January Police contended that they were afraid Rushdie would read from the banned The Satanic Verses , and that the threat was real, considering imminent protests by Muslim organizations.
The four were urged to leave by organizers as there was a real possibility they would be arrested. A proposed video link session between Rushdie and the Jaipur Literature Festival was also cancelled at the last minute  after the government pressured the festival to stop it.
After the attack, Al-Qaeda called for more killings. Rushdie expressed his support for Charlie Hebdo. He said, "I stand with Charlie Hebdo , as we all must, to defend the art of satire, which has always been a force for liberty and against tyranny, dishonesty and stupidity But the fact that you dislike them has nothing to do with their right to speak. The fact you dislike them certainly doesn't in any way excuse their murder".
Rushdie was knighted for services to literature in the Queen's Birthday Honours on 16 June He remarked, "I am thrilled and humbled to receive this great honour, and am very grateful that my work has been recognised in this way. Parliamentarians of several of these countries condemned the action, and Iran and Pakistan called in their British envoys to protest formally. Mass demonstrations against Rushdie's knighthood took place in Pakistan and Malaysia.
Several called publicly for his death. Some non-Muslims expressed disappointment at Rushdie's knighthood, claiming that the writer did not merit such an honour and there were several other writers who deserved the knighthood more than Rushdie. Al-Qaeda condemned the Rushdie honour.
The Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri is quoted as saying in an audio recording that UK's award for Kashmiri-born Rushdie was "an insult to Islam", and it was planning "a very precise response.
Rushdie came from a liberal Muslim family  although he now identifies as an atheist. In a interview with PBS , Rushdie called himself a "hardline atheist". In , in an interview following the fatwa , Rushdie said that he was in a sense a lapsed Muslim, though "shaped by Muslim culture more than any other", and a student of Islam.
I do not believe in supernatural entities, whether Christian, Jewish, Muslim or Hindu. In , in the "hope that it would reduce the threat of Muslims acting on the fatwa to kill him," he issued a statement claiming he had renewed his Muslim faith, had repudiated the attacks on Islam made by characters in his novel and was committed to working for better understanding of the religion across the world.
However, Rushdie later said that he was only "pretending". His books often focus on the role of religion in society and conflicts between faiths and between the religious and those of no faith.
Rushdie advocates the application of higher criticism , pioneered during the late 19th century. What is needed is a move beyond tradition, nothing less than a reform movement to bring the core concepts of Islam into the modern age, a Muslim Reformation to combat not only the jihadist ideologues but also the dusty, stifling seminaries of the traditionalists, throwing open the windows to let in much-needed fresh air.
Rushdie is a critic of cultural relativism. He favours calling things by their true names and constantly argues about what is wrong and what is right. In an interview with Point of Inquiry in  he described his view as follows:. We need all of us, whatever our background, to constantly examine the stories inside which and with which we live.
We all live in stories, so called grand narratives. Nation is a story. Family is a story. Religion is a story. Community is a story. We all live within and with these narratives. And it seems to me that a definition of any living vibrant society is that you constantly question those stories. That you constantly argue about the stories. In fact the arguing never stops. The argument itself is freedom. It's not that you come to a conclusion about it. And through that argument you change your mind sometimes.
When you can't retell for yourself the stories of your life then you live in a prison. Rushdie is an advocate of religious satire. He condemned the Charlie Hebdo shooting and defended comedic criticism of religions in a comment originally posted on English PEN where he called religions a medieval form of unreason.
Rushdie called the attack a consequence of "religious totalitarianism" which according to him had caused "a deadly mutation in the heart of Islam".: Religion, a medieval form of unreason, when combined with modern weaponry becomes a real threat to our freedoms.
This religious totalitarianism has caused a deadly mutation in the heart of Islam and we see the tragic consequences in Paris today. I stand with Charlie Hebdo, as we all must, to defend the art of satire, which has always been a force for liberty and against tyranny, dishonesty and stupidity. He strongly supports feminism. In the s in the United Kingdom, he was a supporter of the Labour Party and championed measures to end racial discrimination and alienation of immigrant youth and racial minorities.
He has stated that while there was a "case to be made for the removal of Saddam Hussein ", US unilateral military intervention was unjustifiable.
In , Rushdie stated that he supported comments by the then-Leader of the House of Commons Jack Straw , who criticised the wearing of the niqab a veil that covers all of the face except the eyes. Rushdie stated that his three sisters would never wear the veil. He said, "I think the battle against the veil has been a long and continuing battle against the limitation of women, so in that sense I'm completely on Straw's side.
Marxist critic Terry Eagleton , a former admirer of Rushdie's work, attacked him, saying he "cheered on the Pentagon 's criminal ventures in Iraq and Afghanistan". When Amnesty International suspended human rights activist Gita Sahgal for saying to the press that she thought Amnesty International should distance itself from Moazzam Begg and his organisation, Rushdie said:. Amnesty … has done its reputation incalculable damage by allying itself with Moazzam Begg and his group Cageprisoners, and holding them up as human rights advocates.
It looks very much as if Amnesty's leadership is suffering from a kind of moral bankruptcy , and has lost the ability to distinguish right from wrong. It has greatly compounded its error by suspending the redoubtable Gita Sahgal for the crime of going public with her concerns.
Gita Sahgal is a woman of immense integrity and distinction It is people like Gita Sahgal who are the true voices of the human rights movement; Amnesty and Begg have revealed, by their statements and actions, that they deserve our contempt. Rushdie supported the election of Democrat Barack Obama for the American presidency and has often criticized the Republican Party. Rushdie was involved in the Occupy Movement , both as a presence at Occupy Boston and as a founding member of Occupy Writers.
Rushdie is a supporter of gun control , blaming a shooting at a Colorado cinema in July on the American right to keep and bear arms. He attained American citizenship in and voted for Hillary Clinton in the election. Rushdie has been married four times. He was married to his first wife Clarissa Luard  from to and fathered a son, Zafar born His third wife, from to , was Elizabeth West; they have a son, Milan born The marriage ended on 2 July In , Rushdie had an operation to correct ptosis , a tendon condition that causes drooping eyelids and that, according to him, was making it increasingly difficult for him to open his eyes.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. British Indian writer. United Kingdom United States . Magic realism satire postcolonialism. Historical criticism travel writing. Clarissa Luard m. Marianne Wiggins m. Elizabeth West m. Padma Lakshmi m. Further information: The Satanic Verses controversy. Main article: Jaipur Literature Festival. Knighthood of Salman Rushdie.
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