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The Satanic Verses

PEN Group Blacklists Charlie Hebdo

Francis Levy | Posted 05.01.2016 | Home
Francis Levy

An attack on free expression has come from one of the most unlikely places.

Discussing the 'Death of Klinghoffer' or Stepping in It

Francis Levy | Posted 12.17.2014 | Arts
Francis Levy

Getting involved in the current debate about the John Adams opera The Death of Klinghoffer ("With New "Death of Klinghoffer," Furor Only Grows," NYT 1...

Salman Rushdie: A Chance of Lasting

Louisiana Channel | Posted 11.15.2014 | Home
Louisiana Channel

"I feel very proud to be part of this resistance," says the acclaimed British writer Salman Rushdie reflecting on his book The Satanic Verses and the years of the fatwa. "Today people are much weaker. I wonder if such an act of collective solidarity would ever happen again."

Salman Rushdie: A Line Had to Be Defended

Louisiana Channel | Posted 10.26.2014 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

"It wasn't only about me. It was a moment, when a line had to held when you could not conceive the fight", says the author of The Satanic Verses, Salman Rusdie, in this outtake from a longer interview about his life and work.

The Satanic Verses 25 Years Later: Why the Rushdie Affair Still Matters

Todd Green, Ph.D. | Posted 11.26.2013 | Religion
Todd Green, Ph.D.

It is an illusion, albeit a powerful one, to believe that a free exchange of ideas exists in any pure form in the West. Racial, ethnic, and religious minorities rarely have possessed the same opportunities to shape public opinion as those with political power or cultural capital.

When Is an Islamic Fatwa not a Fatwa?

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 04.28.2013 | Home
Sarwar Kashmeri

If Iran's Rushdie fatwa was accepted at face value, shouldn't the Iranian fatwa against nuclear weapons be interpreted likewise? The New York Times thought so when it wrote that "American officials say they believe that Ayatollah Khamenei exercises full control over Iran's nuclear program."

Easy Reader: Salman Rushdie's Joseph Anton a Hitman-Target Hit

David Finkle | Posted 12.15.2012 | Home
David Finkle

Although I've been reading and reviewing books for several decades, not until Salman Rushdie's memoir, Joseph Anton, have I realized how some part of me continues to look at books through callow eyes, to assess them naively.

What Salman Rushdie Reminds Us About the Freedoms That We Cherish

Christina Patterson | Posted 11.21.2012 | Home
Christina Patterson

Those of us who believe in the right to say what you think without being threatened can only show that there are some beliefs that we cherish, too. We can show that we believe in the right of clever writers to write good books, and the right of stupid fantasists to make bad films.

PHOTOS: Salman Rushdie, Ubiquitous Party Animal

Posted 03.28.2012 | New York

The New York Times recently chronicled the surprising transformation of famed author Salman Rushdie, as he evolves from man-in-exile to something of a...

Salman Rushdie Cancels Literary Festival Appearance Following Threats

The Huffington Post | Nausheen Husain | Posted 01.20.2012 | Home

India's seventh annual Jaipur Literature Festival was embroiled in controversy even before its official kickoff on Friday, January 20. Salman Rushdie,...

Does Salman Rushdie Deserve A Nobel Prize?

Anis Shivani | Posted 12.03.2011 | Home
Anis Shivani

I don't expect for a moment for this to happen, but I believe no other writer on the face of the earth comes as close to deserving the next Nobel award for literature as Salman Rushdie.

Sir Salman Rushdie on the So-Called-Mosque Debate: "This Stuff Is Stupid"

Michael Ames | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Michael Ames

"I am not a fan of burning books, and I have some experience in this," he said. "We cannot burn books, no matter how much you dislike the book. I would not, for instance, burn the books of Dan Brown."