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The International Novel$
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Annabel Patterson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300198003

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300198003.001.0001

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Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses

Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses

(p.163) Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses
The International Novel

Annabel Patterson

Yale University Press

This chapter offers a reading of Salman Rushdie's 1988 novel The Satanic Verses, which tackles the basis of the great world religions, especially Islam. The novel raised the stakes of internationalism and for which Rushdie gained fame and notoriety, especially in the Muslim world. Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini of Iran pronounced the fatwa, or sentence of death, on Rushdie for his alleged blasphemy against the Prophet Muhammad by way of an ironic rewriting of his biography. The Satanic Verses covers a wide range of topics, from the origins of the Muslim faith to the Bollywood in India, the new globalization, and how immigrants were being treated in Britain.

Keywords:   novel, The Satanic Verses, Islam, internationalism, fatwa, blasphemy, Prophet Muhammad, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini

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