The Rushdie Affair / Edition 2

The Rushdie Affair / Edition 2

by Daniel Pipes
     
 

The publication in 1988 of Salman Rushdie's novel The Satanic Verses triggered a furor that pitted much of the Islamic world against the West over issues of blasphemy and freedom of expression. The controversy soon took on the aspect of a confrontation of civilizations, provoking powerful emotions on a global level. It involved censorship, protests,

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The publication in 1988 of Salman Rushdie's novel The Satanic Verses triggered a furor that pitted much of the Islamic world against the West over issues of blasphemy and freedom of expression. The controversy soon took on the aspect of a confrontation of civilizations, provoking powerful emotions on a global level. It involved censorship, protests, riots, a break in diplomatic relations, culminating in the notorious Iranian edict calling for the death of the novelist. In The Rushdie Affair, Daniel Pipes explains why the publication of The Satanic Verses became a cataclysmic event with far-reaching political and social consequences.

Pipes looks at the Rushdie affair in both its political and cultural aspects and shows in considerable detail what the fundamentalists perceived as so offensive in The Satanic Verses as against what Rushdie's novel actually said. Pipes explains how the book created a new crisis between Iran and the West at the time—disrupting international diplomacy, billions of dollars in trade, and prospects for the release of Western hostages in Lebanon.

Pipes maps out the long-term implications of the crisis. If the Ayatollah so easily intimidated the West, can others do the same? Can millions of fundamentalist Muslims now living in the United States and Europe possibly be assimilated into a culture so alien to them? Insightful and brilliantly written, this volume provides a full understanding of one of the most significant events in recent years. Koenraad Elst's postscript reviews the enduring impact of the Rushdie affair.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765809964
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
01/15/2007
Edition description:
2ND
Pages:
308
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Pipes, a historian, is the president of the Middle East Forum. A former official in the US departments of State and Defense, he has taught at the University of Chicago, Harvard, Pepperdine, and at the US Naval War College. The author of twelve prior books, Pipes writes a bi-weekly column for The Washington Times, The National Review, and other publications.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments13
Introduction15
1Half a Year of Upheaval19
2Rushdie: A Man of the Left41
3How is the Book Blasphemous?53
4Blame Rushdie for the Furor?70
5Khomeini's Edict87
6Why Fundamentalist Muslims Picked on Rushdie106
7A Great Conspiracy Against Islam123
8Muslim Responses to Khomeini138
9Western Responses to Khomeini155
10Iran's Shadow in the West179
11Censorship and Its Costs195
12Muslims Living in the West214
13Concluding Thoughts232
Appendix253
Glossary255
Postscript257
Index291

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