Salman Rushdie’s ‘The Satanic Verses’ was published in 1988. ‘It is centered on the novel’s references to the Satanic Verses of the Quran, and came to include a larger debate about censorship and religious violence,’ as per Wikipedia. Following the book’s controversies, it was banned in many countries, including India, Bangladesh, Thailand, South Africa, Sri Lanka, among others. In 1988, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who was the Supreme Leader of Iran back then, had issued a fatwa against the author’s life. This led to numerous attempted-killings, including the author’s, which made Rushdie to go in hiding and stay under the British police’s protection for several years. Since then, while the angst against ‘The Satanic Verses’ controversy has simmered down and Khomeini has died, but his fatwa against Rushdie still remains. In August 2022, Rushdie was stabbed on stage at an event in the USA. And while Rushdie has survived and battled the attack, it has had life-changing effects on the author.
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