Islamist Extremists Tried To Kill Anyone Even Vaguely Connected To Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses
In 1988, British-Indian writer Salman Rushdie published The Satanic Verses, a novel where he possibly criticizes Islam, if you squint real hard and maybe turn the book sideways while reading. But some were certain that the story is blasphemous, so Iran's Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa against Rushdie, ordering Muslims to kill the author.
Late-20th-century Islamist extremists were the early-21st-century internet.
The fatwa is technically still in effect, but Iran no longer supports it. Plus, it didn't work anyway -- apparently Rushdie is a Highlander, who knew? Anyway, no harm, no foul. Except for all the other murders.
The Japanese translator of the novel, Hitoshi Igarashi was murdered outside his university office. Italian translator Ettore Capriolo was stabbed in his apartment, but he survived. An angry mob in Turkey even burned down a hotel, killing 35 people who had nothing to do with the book, all in an attempt to kill Turkish translator Aziz Nesin (who escaped).
Writing about Muslims is un-Islamic. Killing Muslims is A-OK.
Extremists also waged campaigns of mass violence against bookstores. In 1989, London bookshops Collets and Dillons were firebombed for carrying The Satanic Verses. Penguin bookshops were also routinely bombed, and many others, when searched, were discovered to have unexploded devices. Huh, we never thought we'd be happy that nobody reads books anymore, but here you go.
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