From Fatwa to Jihad: The Rushdie Affair and Its Legacy


In 1989 a thousand Muslim protesters paraded through a British city displaying a copy of Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses, before ceremoniously burning the book? It was an act motivated by rage and offence as well as one calculated to shock and offend.? It did more than that: images of the burning book became an icon of the Muslim anger. Printed and broadcast in dozens of countries, these images of protest announced the birth of a new world.? Twenty years later, the questions raised by the 'Rushdie Affair' - of Islam's relationship to the West, the meaning and value of multiculturalism, the limits of tolerance in a liberal society - have become defining issues of our time.

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