Satan and "The Satanic Verses"
Examines the controversy over "The Satanic Verses" in the historical context of
Satan in the Islamic tradition.

Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses
Discussion of the status of certainty and truth in The Satanic Verses, and the
relationship of this question the fatwa. By Brian Finney.

  • DEMONIZING DISCOURSE IN SALMAN RUSHDIE'S THE SATANIC VERSES Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses (1988) is one of the relatively few works of fiction to have made a significant and permanent impact outside the enclosed world of literature

  • The Iranian President Khamene'i told his followers, " The Satanic Verses no doubt one of the verses of the Great Satan" (Appignanesi 87)

  • The Ayatollah Khomeini justified his fatwa against Rushdie by similarly accusing him and "the world devourers" (the West) of publishing The Satanic Verses as "a calculated move aimed at rooting out religion and religiousness, and above all, Islam and its clergy" (Appignanesi 90)

  • The Satanic Verses , then, can be seen as a bricolage of conflicting discourses framed by the controlling discourse of fiction

  • Within The Satanic Verses Rushdie pits secular against sacred, nationalist or racist against transnationalist or migrant, historical against ahistorical, and above all, authoritative against fictional forms of discourse

  • Apart from a brief moment of reverse apostasy during the period of the fatwa, he has remained a secular Muslim who has always aspired to achieve within an aesthetic context that transcendence experienced by the religious mystic

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    General information, with many links.

  • Just don't tell my mother, all right?' The universe was a place of wonders, and only habituation, the anaesthesia of the everyday, dulled our sight

  • 'Sometimes, ' she decided to say, 'wonderful things happen to me, too.' --from The Satanic Verses Iran will not drop Rushdie's death sentence (2/18/96) TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) -- Iran's foreign minister says his country will not remove its death sentence for British writer Salman Rushdie for alleged blasphemy but won't do anything to enforce the policy, either

  • Bombay, India, June 19, 1947, is best known for his novel The Satanic Verses (1989), a fantasy whose publication aroused the wrath of many Muslims and persuaded Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini to offer a multimillion-dollar reward for the author's assassination

  • The Satanic Verses is a complex work whose two protagonists, like Rushdie, are expatriate Indians

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  • Salman Rushdie was condemned to death by the former Iranian spiritual leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on February 14, 1989, after publishing SATANIC VERSES

  • Rushdie won in 1988 the Whitbread Award with his fourth novel, The Satanic Verses

  • Tat-taa! Taka-thun! How to ever smile again, if first you won't cry? How to win the darling's love, mister, without a sigh? Baba, if you want to get born again...' Just before dawn one winter's morning, New Year's Day or thereabouts, two real, full-grown, living men fell from a great height, twenty-nine thousand and two feet, towards the English Channel, without benefit of parachutes or wings, out of a clear sky." (from The Satanic Verses ) Gibreel Farishta and Saladin are miraculously saved, and chosen as protagonist in the fight between Good and Evil

  • In the following cycle of bizarre adventures, dreams, and tales of past and future, the reader meets Mahound, the Prophet of Jahilia, the recipient of a revelation in which satanic verses mingle with divine

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  • There, at an undisclosed location, it will be scanned and added to the ever-expanding universe of digitally searchable knowledge

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  • In 1989, Iran's revolutionary leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, issued a death edict against Rushdie for allegedly blaspheming Islam in the book 'The Satanic Verses.' Khomeini died soon afterward, but Rushdie went into hiding for nearly a decade

    CNN - India reportedly gives Salman Rushdie a visa - February 4, 1999

  • EST (0630 GMT) (CNN) --, the first country to ban the controversial book 'The Satanic Verses, ' has reportedly granted a visa to author Salman Rushdie for the first time since the 1980s

  • India, Rushdie's birthplace, banned 'The Satanic Verses' after it provoked angry protests from Muslims in 1988, and Rushdie's book 'The Moor's Last Sigh' was withdrawn from bookshelves in 1996 within weeks of its release after directions from Indian customs

  • 14, 1989, claiming 'The Satanic Verses' blasphemed Islam

  • In October, Rushdie said that his greatest loss after the publication of 'The Satanic Verses' was the humiliation dealt him by India

  • Rushdie wouldn't rewrite history But ten years after the 'Satanic Verses' was released, Rushdie said he had no regrets about writing the novel

  • He complains: 'It's been discussed in every context except in the language of literature.' The publication of the 'Satanic Verses' and Khomeini's 1989 fatwa prompted protests and riots by Muslims in Pakistan, India and Turkey, who believed Rushdie had insulted a holy figure

    John le Carré, Salman Rushdie and Christopher Hitchens Exchange ...
    Exchange of letters to the editor by authors Salman Rushdie, John le Carré, and
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  • &nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp In 1989, during the worst days of the Islamic attack on The Satanic Verses, le Carré wrote an article (also, if memory serves, in The Guardian ) in which he eagerly, and rather pompously, joined forces with my assailants

  • He claims not to have joined in the attack against me but also states that 'there is no law in life or nature that says great religions may be insulted with impunity.' &nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp A cursory examination of this lofty formulation reveals that (1) it takes the philistine, reductionist, radical Islamist line that The Satanic Verses was no more than an 'insult, ' and (2) it suggests that anyone who displeases philistine, reductionist, radical Islamist folk loses his right to live in safety

  • &nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp May we take it, then, that he would have had no objection if The Satanic Verses had been written and published for free and distributed gratis from unattended stalls? This might have at least satisfied those who appear to believe that the defense of free expression should be free of cost and free of risk

  • And when the nervous book chains of North America briefly did withdraw The Satanic Verses on dubious grounds of 'security, ' it was their staff unions who protested and who volunteered to stand next to plate-glass windows in upholding the reader's right to buy and peruse any book

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  • There doesn't seem to be any opposition to it in Iran.' 3 The Iranian Foreign Minister, Kamal Kharrazi had said in his statement, 'The government of the Islamic Republic of Iran has no intention, nor is it going to take any action whatsoever to threaten the life of the author of The Satanic Verses or anybody associated with his work; nor will it encourage or assist anybody to do so.' 4 Many news reports celebrated the end of the 'Rushdie Affair' and welcomed the tentative restoration of full diplomatic relations with Iran (from charge d'affaires to ambassadorial level)

  • 10 On 14th February 1989, Ayatollah Khomeini announced on Iranian radio, I inform the proud Muslim people of the world that the author of the Satanic Verses book, which is against Islam and the Prophet of the Koran, and all involved in its publication are sentenced to death

  • The Italian translator of The Satanic Verses , Ettore Capriolo, was assaulted; its Norwegian publisher, William Nygaard, was shot; its Japanese translator, Hitoshi Igarashi, was stabbed to death; and its Turkish translator, Aziz Nesin, narrowly escaped an arson attack which killed 37 people and injured many more
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  • The Swedish PEN also was active in supporting Rushdie, the Indian-born author who has been in hiding since 1989, when Iran declared his novel ``The Satanic Verses'' blasphemous to Islam and put a bounty on his head

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  • A few interesting things about Matthew 16: In verse 17, Peter had a direct revelation from God — "

  • But look what happens in verse 23! Just seven verses later! Jesus addresses Peter as Satan! Satan had completely taken over Peter! Notice — God "revealed it" unto Peter, but Satan "completely took over"! Peter became a third-party when Satan TOOK OVER ! Here's how some of the secular rock stars describe this "taking over": "It’s amazing, ‘cause sometimes when we’re on stage, I feel like somebody’s just moving the pieces

  • As Jesus began in verse 21 to tell how He would be crucified, verse 22 reads, "Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee." What was Peter's motive? It was his LOVE FOR THE LORD JESUS! He didn't want Jesus to be crucified! And even though Peter's motive was RIGHT — when he got out of the will of God — Satan COMPLETELY TOOK OVER ! You can have the RIGHT motive (even love for the Lord Jesus Christ!) and be completely WRONG and under control of Satan! Sincerity and motive is no substitute for the WILL OF GOD! These Christian Rock stars may have the RIGHT motive (which I seriously doubt) but nobody but a "spiritual fool" could think rock music was the direct will of God! The secular world knows who is the "god of rock..." Rock star David Bowie said, "Rock has always been THE DEVILS MUSIC ." (Rolling Stone, Feb

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  • If you have read Salman Rushdie’s [Satanic Verses] you’ll see how he hinted at the disgruntlement of the big rich families, they were calling it a revolution of “water bearers and slaves”

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