Salman Rushdie Pulls Out Of Literary Festival Over Death Threat
via The Guardian:
It seems as though Salman Rushdie just can't get out from under the shadow of that fatwa. The acclaimed author recently pulled out of a literary festival in India after authorities discovered a death threat against him.
Rushdie was scheduled to appear at the Jaipur Literature Festival in the capital of the state of Rajasthan. But two weeks prior to the event, a cleric and Islamic groups began a campaign to stop him from attending, charging that his most famous book, The Satanic Versus, was offensive to Muslims. Authorities consequently uncovered a death threat.
Or did they? Rushdie tweeted this out two days ago:
'Rajasthan police invented plot to keep away Rushdie' I've investigated, & believe that I was indeed lied to. I am outraged and very angry.
Maybe the authorities heard something and blew it out of proportion? But better safe than sorry, right?
Iranian religious leader Ayatollah Ruohollah Khomenini decreed a fatwa against Rushdie in 1988, after the publication of The Satanic Verses. It caused the author to go into hiding. Everyone seems to have chilled out a bit since then (Rushdie didn't seem too worried when I saw him read at the Union Square Barnes & Noble a few years ago), but extremists have long memories.
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