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The Rushdie Affair
The Novel, the Ayatollah and the West

Publisher:  A Birch Lane Press Book, New York, USA
Year Published:  2003   First Published:  1990
Pages:  303pp   Price:  $24.95   ISBN:  0765809966
This is an account of the controversy surrounding Salman Rushdie's novel The Satanic Verses. Following the novel's publication in London in 1988, the Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran issued an edict condemning the author and his publishers to death for blasphemy. Part I "focuses on two texts, The Satanic Verses and Ayatollah Khomeini's edict, and attempts to explain why the one led to the other.... Part II surveys the responses to the texts, from conspiracy theories in Iran to petitions in the United States, then considers the implications of this controversy. Two issues receive special attention: the... problem of censorship... {and the} questions raised by millions of Muslims living in the West."

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