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At a breakfast honouring Amos Oz in September 2008

Born

Ahmed Salman Rushdie 19 June 1947 (1947-06-19) Bombay, India Novelist, essayist United Kingdom Magic Realism, Satire, PostColonialism Criticism, travel

Occupation Nationality Genres Subjects Influences

fatwā’s censoring effect on him as an author and the threat to freedom of expression it embodied. He was appointed a Knight Bachelor for "services to literature" in June 2007,[1]. He also holds the highest rank — Commandeur — in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France. He began a five-year term as Distinguished Writer in Residence at Emory University in 2007.[2] In May 2008 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His latest novel is The Enchantress of Florence, published in June 2008.[3] In July 2008 Midnight’s Children won a public vote to be named the Best of the Booker, the best novel to win the Booker Prize in the award’s 40-year history.

Personal life
The only son of Anis Ahmed Rushdie, a University of Cambridge-educated lawyer turned businessman, and Negin Butt, a teacher, Rushdie was born in Bombay (now Mumbai), India.[4][5] He was educated at Cathedral and John Connon School in Mumbai, Rugby School, and King’s College, Cambridge, where he studied history. He worked for two advertising agencies (Ogilvy & Mather and Ayer Barker) before becoming a fulltime writer.[6] Rushdie has been married four times. He was married to his first wife Clarissa Luard from 1976 to 1987 and fathered a son, Zafar. His second wife was the American novelist Marianne Wiggins; they were married in 1988 and divorced in 1993. His third wife, from 1997 to 2004, was Elizabeth West; they have a son, Milan. In 2004, he married the Indian American actress and supermodel Padma Lakshmi, the host of the American reality-television show Top Chef. The marriage ended on 2 July 2007 with Lakshmi indicating that it was her desire to end the marriage. In the Bollywood press, he was, in 2008, romantically linked to the Indian model Riya Sen, with whom he was otherwise a friend.[7] In response to the media speculation about their friendship, she simply stated "I think when you are Salman Rushdie, you

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Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie (born 19 June 1947) is a British Indian novelist and essayist. He first achieved fame with his second novel, Midnight’s Children (1981), which won the Booker Prize in 1981. Much of his early fiction is set on the Indian subcontinent. His style is often classified as magical realism mixed with historical fiction, and a dominant theme of his work is the story of the many connections, disruptions and migrations between the Eastern and Western world. His fourth novel, The Satanic Verses (1988), was at the center of The Satanic Verses controversy, with protests from Muslims including Yusuf Islam (formerly known as Cat Stevens) in several countries. Some of the protests were violent, with Rushdie facing death threats and a fatwā (religious edict) issued by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, then Supreme Leader of Iran, in February, 1989. In response to the call for him to be killed, Rushdie spent nearly a decade largely underground, appearing in public only sporadically, but was outspoken on the

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must get bored with people who always want to talk to you about literature." [8] In 1999, Rushdie had an operation to correct a "tendon condition" that, according to him, was making it increasingly difficult for him to open his eyes. "If I hadn’t had an operation, in a couple of years from now I wouldn’t have been able to open my eyes at all," he said.[9]

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experiments. In an interview at San Francisco University promoting The Jaguar Smile, he advocated that students not write what they wanted to write, but what they couldn’t help but writing. He referenced a work in progress, that came out the following year, a project that would impact his life in ways he could never have expected. His most controversial work, The Satanic Verses, was published in 1988 (see section below). Rushdie has published many short stories, including those collected in East, West (1994). The Moor’s Last Sigh, a family epic ranging over some 100 years of India’s history was published in 1995. The Ground Beneath Her Feet (1999) presents an alternative history of modern rock music. The song of the same name by U2 is one of many song lyrics included in the book, hence Rushdie is credited as the lyricist.

Career
Major literary work
His first novel, Grimus (1975), a part-science fiction tale, was generally ignored by the public and literary critics. His next novel, Midnight’s Children (1981), however, catapulted him to literary fame. It also significantly shaped the course that Indian writing in English would follow over the next decade, and is regarded by many as one of the great books of the last 100 years. This work won the 1981 Booker Prize and, in 1993 and 2008, was awarded the Best of the Bookers as the best novel to have received the prize during its first 25 and 40 years respectively.[10] Midnight’s Children has received numerous awards and been cited as Rushdie’s best, most flowing and inspiring work. The story follows the life of a child born at the stroke of midnight as India gained its independence, who is endowed with special powers and a connection to other children born at the dawn of a new and tumultuous age in the history of the Indian sub-continent and the birth of the modern nation of India. The character of Saleem Sinai has been compared to Rushdie himself.[11] After Midnight’s Children, Rushdie wrote Shame (1983), in which he depicts the political turmoil in Pakistan, basing his characters on Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq. Shame won France’s Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger (Best Foreign Book) and was a close runner-up for the Booker Prize. Both these works of postcolonial literature are characterised by a style of magic realism and the immigrant outlook of which Rushdie is very conscious, as a member of the Indian diaspora. Rushdie wrote a non-fiction book about Nicaragua in the 1980s, The Jaguar Smile (1987). The book has a political focus and is based on his first hand experiences and research at the scene of Sandinista political

Salman Rushdie presenting his book Shalimar the Clown Rushdie has had a string of commercially successful and critically acclaimed novels. His 2005 novel Shalimar the Clown received, in India, the prestigious Crossword Fiction Award, and was, in Britain, a finalist for the Whitbread Book Awards. It was shortlisted for the 2007 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.[12]

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In his 2002 nonfiction collection Step Across This Line, he professes his admiration for the Italian writer Italo Calvino and the American writer Thomas Pynchon, among others. His early influences included James Joyce, Günter Grass, Jorge Luis Borges, Mikhail Bulgakov, and Lewis Carroll. Rushdie was also a personal friend of Angela Carter and praised her highly in the foreword for her collection "Burning your Boats."

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become an actor if his writing career had not been successful. Even from early childhood, he dreamed of appearing in Hollywood movies (which he would later realize in his frequent cameo appearances). Rushdie is a fan of pop culture and includes fictional television and movie characters in some of his writings. He had a cameo appearance in the film Bridget Jones’s Diary based on the book of the same name, which is itself full of literary in-jokes. On 12 May 2006, Rushdie was a guest host on The Charlie Rose Show, where he interviewed Indo-Canadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta, whose work has also faced violent protests, about her 2005 film, Water. He also appears in the role of Helen Hunt’s obstetriciangynecologist in the film adaptation (Hunt’s directorial debut) of Elinor Lipman’s novel Then She Found Me. In September 2008, and again in March 2009, he appeared as a panelist on the HBO program "Real Time With Bill Maher".

Other activities
Rushdie has quietly mentored younger Indian (and ethnic-Indian) writers, influenced an entire generation of Indo-Anglian writers, and is an influential writer in postcolonial literature in general.[13] He has received many plaudits for his writings, including the European Union’s Aristeion Prize for Literature, the Premio Grinzane Cavour (Italy), and the Writer of the Year Award in Germany and many of literature’s highest honors.[14] He is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres. Rushdie was the President of PEN American Center from 2004 to 2006. He opposes the British government’s introduction of the Racial and Religious Hatred Act, something he writes about in his contribution to Free Expression Is No Offence, a collection of essays by several writers, published by Penguin in November 2005. Rushdie is a self-described atheist, and a distinguished supporter of the British Humanist Association.

The Satanic Verses and the fatwā
Further information: The Satanic Verses controversy The publication of The Satanic Verses in September 1988 caused immediate controversy in the Islamic world because of what was perceived as an irreverent depiction of the prophet 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 (sura) 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 Gibreel. The book was banned in many countries with large Muslim communities. On 14 February 1989, a fatwā requiring Rushdie’s execution was proclaimed on Radio Tehran by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the spiritual leader of Iran at the time, calling the book "blasphemous against Islam" (chapter IV of the book depicts the character of an

Salman Rushdie having a discussion with Emory University students In 2006, Rushdie joined the Emory University faculty as Distinguished Writer in Residence for one month a year for the next five years.[15] Though he enjoys writing, Salman Rushdie says that he would have

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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 years afterward. On 7 March 1989, the United Kingdom and Iran broke diplomatic relations over the Rushdie controversy. The publication of the book and the fatwā sparked violence around the world, with bookstores being firebombed. Muslim communities in several nations in the West held public rallies in which copies of the book were burned. Several people associated with translating or publishing the book were attacked, seriously injured, and even killed.[16] Many more people died in riots in Third World countries. On 24 September 1998, as a precondition to the restoration of diplomatic relations with Britain, the Iranian government, then headed by Mohammad Khatami, gave a public commitment that it would "neither support nor hinder assassination operations on Rushdie."[17][18] Hardliners in Iran have, however, continued to reaffirm the death sentence.[19] In early 2005, Khomeini’s fatwā was reaffirmed by Iran’s spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in a message to Muslim pilgrims making the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.[20] Additionally, the Revolutionary Guards have declared that the death sentence on him is still valid.[21] Iran has rejected requests to withdraw the fatwā on the basis that only the person who issued it may withdraw it,[20] and the person who issued it - Ayatollah Khomeini - has been dead since 1989. Salman 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. He was also quoted as saying, "It’s reached the point where it’s a piece of rhetoric rather than a real threat."[22] Despite the threats on Rushdie, he has publicly said that his family has never been threatened and that his mother (who lived in Pakistan during the later years of her life) even received outpourings of support.[23] 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

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as a "bunch of lies" and took legal action against Ron Evans, his co-author and their publisher.[24] On 26 August 2008 Rushdie received an apology at the High Court in London from all three parties. [25]

The failed assassination attempt and Hezbollah’s comments
On 3 August 1989, while Mustafa Mahmoud Mazeh was priming a book bomb loaded with RDX explosives in a hotel in Paddington, Central London, the bomb exploded prematurely, taking out 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". There is a shrine in Tehran’s Behesht-e Zahra cemetery for Mustafa Mahmoud Mazeh that says he was "Martyred in London, 3 August 1989. The first martyr to die on a mission to kill Salman Rushdie." Mazeh’s mother was invited to relocate to Iran, and the Islamic World Movement of Martyrs’ Commemoration built his shrine in the cemetery that holds thousands of Iranian soldiers slain in the Iran–Iraq War.[17] During the 2006 Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah declared that "If there had been a Muslim to carry out Imam Khomeini’s fatwā against the renegade Salman Rushdie, this rabble who insult our Prophet Mohammed in Denmark, Norway and France would not have dared to do so. 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."[26] James Phillips of the Heritage Foundation testified before the United States Congress that a "March 1989" (sic) explosion in Britain was a Hezbollah attempt to assassinate Rushdie which failed when a bomb exploded prematurely, killing a Hezbollah activist in London.[27]

International Gorillay
In 1990, soon after the publication of The Satanic Verses, a Pakistani film was released in which Rushdie was depicted plotting to cause the downfall of Pakistan by opening a chain of casinos and discos in the country. The film was popular with Pakistani audiences, and it "presents Rushdie as a Rambolike figure pursued by four Pakistani guerrillas"[28]. The British Board of Film

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Classification refused to allow it a certificate, as "it was felt that the portrayal of Rushdie might qualify as criminal libel, causing a breach of the peace as opposed to merely tarnishing his reputation."[29] This move effectively banned the film in Britain outright. However, two months later, 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.[29] He later said, "If that film had been banned, it would have become the hottest video in town: everyone would have seen it".[29] While the film was a massive hit in Pakistan, it went virtually unnoticed in the West.[29] He has said that there was one legitimately funny part of the movie, his character torturing a Pakistani fighter by reading from his book The Satanic Verses.

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claimed "he had renewed his Muslim faith, had repudiated the attacks on Islam in his novel and was committed to working for better understanding of the religion across the world." But later said that he was only "pretending".[33] 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. Rushdie calls for a reform in Islam[34] in a guest opinion piece printed in The Washington Post and The Times in midAugust 2005. Excerpts from his speech: “ What is needed is a move beyond tra- ” dition, 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. (...) It is high time, for starters, that Muslims were able to study the revelation of their religion as an event inside history, not supernaturally above it. (...) Broad-mindedness is related to tolerance; open-mindedness is the sibling of peace.

Knighthood
Rushdie was awarded a knighthood for services to literature in the Queen’s Birthday Honours on 16 June 2007. 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."[30] In response to his knighthood, many nations with Muslim majorities protested. 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. Many nonMuslims were also angered by Rushdie’s knighthood, believing that the writer did not merit such an honour.[31] According to a July 2007 report by the BBC, Al-Qaeda have also condemned the Rushdie honour. The Al-Qaeda deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri is quoted as saying in an audio recording that Britain’s award for Indianborn Rushdie was "an insult to Islam", and it was planning "a very precise response."[32]

Religious and political beliefs
Rushdie came from a Shi’ite Muslim family but says that he was never really religious. In 1990, in the "hope that it would reduce the threat of Muslims acting on the fatwa to kill him," he issued a statement in which he

Rushdie supported the 1999 NATO bombing of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, leading the leftist Tariq Ali to label Rushdie and other "warrior writers" as "the belligerati’".[35] He was supportive of the US-led campaign to remove the Taliban in Afghanistan which began in 2001, but was a vocal critic of the 2003 war in Iraq. He has stated that while there was a "case to be made for the removal of Saddam Hussein", US unilateral military intervention was unjustifiable[36]. In the wake of the ’Danish Cartoons Affair’ in March 2006 - which many considered to be an echo of the death threats and fatwā which had followed the publication of Rushdie’s Satanic Verses in 1989[37] - Rushdie signed the manifesto ’Together Facing the New Totalitarianism’, a statement warning of the dangers of religious extremism. The Manifesto was published in the left-leaning French weekly Charlie Hebdo in March 2006.

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In 2006, Rushdie stated that he supported comments by the then-Leader of the House of Commons, Jack Straw, criticising 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."[38] Rushdie continues to come under fire from much of the British academic establishment for his political views. The Marxist critic Terry Eagleton, a former admirer of Rushdie’s work, attacked him for his positions, saying he "cheered on the Pentagon’s criminal ventures in Iraq and Afghanistan".[39] However, he subsequently apologized for having misrepresented Rushdie’s views. At an appearance at 92nd Street Y, Rushdie expressed his view on copyright when answering a question whether he had considered copyright law a barrier (or impediment) to free speech. No. But that’s because I write for a living, [laughs] and I have no other source of income, and I Naïvely believe that stuff that I create belongs to me, and that if you want it you might have to give me some cash. [...] My view is I do this for a living. The thing wouldn’t exist if I didn’t make it and so it belongs to me and don’t steal it. You know. It’s my stuff. – Salman Rushdie[40]

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• The Ground Beneath Her Feet (1999) • The Screenplay of Midnight’s Children (1999) • Fury (2001) • Step Across This Line: Collected Nonfiction 1992 - 2002 (2002) • Shalimar the Clown (2005) • The Enchantress of Florence (2008) • The Best American Short Stories (2008, as Guest Editor)

Essays
• "In The South." The New Yorker, May 18, 2009. • "A fine pickle." The Guardian, February 28, 2009. • "Imagine no heaven." The Guardian, October 16, 1999. • "Mohandas Gandhi." TIME, April 13, 1998.

Awards
• • • • • Aristeion Prize (European Union) Arts Council Writers’ Award Author of the Year (British Book Awards) Author of the Year (Germany) Booker of Bookers or the best novel among the Booker Prize winners for Fiction awarded in 1993 The Best of the Booker awarded in 2008 to commemorate 40 years of Booker Prize Booker Prize for Fiction Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France) English-Speaking Union Award Hutch Crossword Fiction Prize (India) India Abroad Lifetime Achievement Award (USA) James Tait Black Memorial Prize (Fiction) Kurt Tucholsky Prize (Sweden) Mantua Prize (Italy) James Joyce Award - University College Dublin Massachusetts Institute of Technology Honorary Professorship Chapman University Honorary Doctorate Doctor of Humane Letters Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Cultural Humanism (Harvard University) Premio Grinzane Cavour (Italy) Prix Colette (Switzerland) Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger St. Louis Literary Award - Saint Louis University State Prize for Literature (Austria)

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Bibliography
Books
• • • • • • • • • • • Grimus (1975) Midnight’s Children (1981) Shame (1983) The Jaguar Smile: A Nicaraguan Journey (1987) The Satanic Verses (1988) Haroun and the Sea of Stories (1990) Imaginary Homelands: Essays and Criticism, 1981 - 1991 (1992) Homeless by Choice (1992, with R. Jhabvala and V. S. Naipaul) East, West (1994) The Moor’s Last Sigh (1995) The Firebird’s Nest (1997)

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• The Best of the Booker Winner by public vote, awarded in commemoration of the Booker Prize’s 40th anniversary. • Whitbread Novel Award (twice) • Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Award for Children’s Fiction

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[8] As Salman Rushdie steps out with another beautiful woman" 21 July, 2008, The Evening Standard [9] "Rushdie: New book out from under shadow of fatwa", CNN, 15 April 1999. Retrieved on 21 April 2007. [10] "Readers across the world agree that Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children is the Best of the Booker.". Man Booker Prizes. 2008. http://www.themanbookerprize.com/ news/stories/1099. Retrieved on 2008-07-10. [11] Saleem (Sinai) is not Salman (Rushdie)(although he marries a Padma) and Saleem’s grandfather Dr Aadam Aziz is not him either, but there is a touching prescience at work here. In the opening pages of Midnight’s Children, Dr Aziz while bending down on his prayer mat, bumps his nose on a hard tussock of earth. His nose bleeds and his eyes water and he decides then and there that never again will he bow before God or man. ’This decision, however, made a hole in him, a vacancy in a vital inner chamber, leaving him vulnerable to women and history.’ Battered by a fatwa and one femme fatale too many, Sir Salman would have some understanding of this. One more bouquet for Saleem Sinai 20 Jul 2008 by Nina Martyris, TNN. The Times of India [12] "The 2007 Shortlist". Dublin City Public Libraries/International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. 2007. http://www.impacdublinaward.ie/2007/ shortlist.htm. Retrieved on 2007-04-05. [13] Rushdie’s postcolonial influence [14] Times of India Story on Rushdie’s influence and awards http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/ Review/ One_more_bouquet_for_Saleem_Sinai/ articleshow/3254751.cms [15] "Salman Rushdie to Teach and Place His Archive at Emory University". Emory University Office of Media Relations. http://news.emory.edu/Releases/ RushdieProfessorship1160159900.html. Retrieved on 2006-12-06. [16] See Hitoshi Igarashi, Ettore Capriolo, William Nygaard [17] ^ Anthony Loyd (8 June 2005). "Tomb of the unknown assassin reveals mission to kill Rushdie". The Times.

See also
• The Satanic Verses • The Satanic Verses controversy • Norwegian author Axel Jensen and his collection of essays, God Does Not Read Novels: A Voyage in the World of Salman Rushdie (1994), in defence of free speech • Censorship in South Asia • International PEN • MANIFESTO: Together facing the new totalitarianism—an open letter he cosigned regarding the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy • Blitcon, British literary conservatives • Critical Studies on Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children in INDIAN LITERATURE: A Critical Casebook

References
[1] "The UK Honours System - Queen’s birthday list 2007" (PDF). Ceremonial Secretariat, Cabinet Office. 2007. http://www.honours.gov.uk/upload/ assets/www.honours.gov.uk/ queens_birthday_list2007.pdf. Retrieved on 2007-06-28. [2] "Salman Rushdie to Teach and Place His Archive at Emory University". Emory University. http://news.emory.edu/ Releases/ RushdieProfessorship1160159900.html. Retrieved on 2007-07-10. [3] "Freshnews article". http://www.freshnews.in/rushdies-theenchantress-of-florence-is-a-historicalnovel-20224. [4] "Literary Encyclopedia: Salman Rushdie", Literary Encyclopedia. Retrieved on 20 January 2008 [5] "Salman Rushdie (1947-)", c. 2003, Retrieved on 20 January 2008 [6] "Salman Rushdie biography", 2004, British Counsel, Retrieved 20 January 2008. [7] "Salman Rushdie sets his sights on the ’Bollywood Jordan’", The Daily Mail, 12 June 2009

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http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/ [29] ^ "International Guerrillas and Criminal world/article531110.ece. Libel". Screenonline. [18] "26 December 1990: Iranian leader http://www.screenonline.org.uk/film/id/ upholds Rushdie fatwa". BBC News: On 460938/index.html. Retrieved on This Day. http://news.bbc.co.uk/ 2008-02-07. onthisday/hi/dates/stories/december/26/ [30] "15 June 2007 Rushdie knighted in newsid_2542000/2542873.stm. Retrieved honours list". BBC News. on 2006-10-10. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/ [19] Rubin, Michael (1 September 2006). 6756149.stm. Retrieved on 2007-06-16. "Can Iran Be Trusted?". The Middle East [31] ’Sir Rubbish: Does Rushdie Deserve a Forum: Promoting American Interests. Knighthood’, Times Hugher Educational http://www.meforum.org/article/1002. Supplement, 20 June 2007 Retrieved on 2006-10-10. [32] "10 July 2007 Al-Qaeda condemns [20] ^ Webster, Philip, Ben Hoyle and Ramita Rushdie honour". BBC News. Navai (20 January 2005). "Ayatollah http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/ revives the death fatwa on Salman middle_east/6289110.stm. Retrieved on Rushdie". The Times. 2007-07-10. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/ [33] Rushdie: I was deranged when I uk/article414681.ece. Retrieved on embraced Islam | TimesOnline 2006-10-10. [34] Muslims unite! A new Reformation will [21] "Iran adamant over Rushdie fatwa". BBC bring your faith into the modern era 11 News. 12 February 2005. August 2005 http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/ [35] Michael Mandel, How America Gets 4260599.stm. Retrieved on 2006-10-10. Away With Murder, Pluto Press, 2004, [22] "Rushdie’s term". p60 http://www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/ [36] Letters, Salman Rushdie: No fondness thscrip/ for the Pentagon’s politics | World news | print.pl?file=2007021501382200.htm&date=2007/ Guardian The 02/15/&prd=th&. Retrieved on [37] StandWithUs.com - Dangerous 2007-02-15. Hypocrisy: World Reactions to the [23] "Cronenberg meets Rushdie". Danish Cartoons http://www.davidcronenberg.de/ [38] Wagner, Thomas (10 October 2006). cr_rushd.htm. "Blair, Rushdie support former British [24] "Rushdie anger at policeman’s book". foreign secretary who ignited veil BBC. August 2, 2008. debate". SignOnSanDiego.com. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/ http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/ 7538875.stm. world/20061010-0539-britain[25] "Bodyguard apologises to Rushdie". BBC. veildispute.html. Retrieved on August 26, 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/ 2006-10-10. 1/hi/entertainment/7581842.stm. [39] The ageing punk of lit crit still knows [26] "Hezbollah: Rushdie death would stop how to spit - Times Online Prophet insults". AFP. February 2, 2006. [40] Radio show Medierna broadcast on http://www.natashatynes.com/newswire/ Sveriges Radio P1 on 31 January 2009. 2006/02/hezbollah_killi.html. [27] James Phillips (2007-06-20). "Hezbollah’s Terrorist Threat to the European Union • Official Salman Rushdie website Testimony before the House Committee • Salman Rushdie at Random House on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Australia Europe". http://foreignaffairs.house.gov/ • Rushdie is pronounced rooshdee. 110/phi062007.htm. • RUSHDIE: Haunted by his unholy ghosts [28] Joseph Bernard Tamney (2002). The by Arshad Ahmedi Resilience of Conservative Religion: The • Contemporary writers: Salman Rushdie. Case of Popular, Conservative Protestant British Council: Arts. Retrieved 17 Congregations. Cambridge, UK: The December 2006. Press Syndicate of the University of Cambridge.

External links

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• The Rushdie Experiment conducted in Tehran, Iran, in October/November 2006 to see if he has outlasted public hatred of him • Long interview with Rushdie in which he provides context for the fatwā and reflects on the rise of Islamic fundamentalism • Rushdie to teach at Emory • New York Times special feature on Rushdie, 1999 • The Rushdie death threat affair • Rushdie timeline • Summaries of all his novels and links to interviews with Rushdie • A critique of Salman Rushdie (2006) in AlAhram by Hamid Dabashi • The Irshad Manji interview with Salman Rushdie • 14 February 2006, Iran says Rushdie fatwa still stands. • Profile: Salman Rushdie • Salman Rushdie interviewed by Ginny Dougary (2005) • Salman Rushdie Bookweb on literary website The Ledge, with suggestions for further reading. • Salman Rushdie’s speech at the Center for Inquiry, presented on the Point of Inquiry Podcast • Signature of Salman Rushdie - Midnight’s Children • "Kashmir, Paradise Lost" Interview with Lewis Gropp on Qantara.de

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Interviews
• Video Interview with Rushdie and Jeffrey Eugenides at the New York Public Library about The Enchantress of Florence27 June 2008 • [1] Transcript of interview with Ramona Koval on The Book Show, ABC Radio National, 21 April 2008 on his novel The Enchantress of Florence. • Video interview with Stephen Colbert 9 May 2007 • Video interview and clips of Bill Moyers conversation with Rushdie in 2006 on PBS • Audio interview with Rick Kleffel of The Agony Column in 2008-Part 1 • Audio interview with Rick Kleffel of The Agony Column in 2008-Part 2 Persondata NAME Rushdie, Ahmed Salman ALTERNATIVE Rushdie, Ahmed Salman; NAMES ‫( یدشر ناملس‬Urdu) SHORT British-Indian novelist and DESCRIPTION author DATE OF BIRTH PLACE OF BIRTH DATE OF DEATH PLACE OF DEATH 19 June 1947 Mumbai, India

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