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Reader comment on item: The Rushdie Fatwa 25 Years Later

Submitted by Mark D (United States), Feb 26, 2014 at 17:11

Twenty-five years ago today, Ayatollah Khomeini brought his edict down on Salman Rushdie. Iran's revolutionary leader objected to the author's magical-realist novel The Satanic Verses because of its insults to the Muslim prophet Muhammad and responded by calling for the execution of Rushdie and "all those involved in the publication who were aware of its contents."

In the news, if you ruffle Islam's feathers, there would be hell to pay - riots, violence, and call for execution. Why's that? And is it Islam or Muslims only?

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