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ask how rather than why

Reader comment on item: Why the Death Edict on Salman Rushdie?

Submitted by myth (Germany), Aug 27, 2022 at 18:51

I ask "how" rather than "why". I consider "why" a philosophical question. Let me go for the more practical "how".

The article points out there was no farsi or arabic translation of Salman's book at the time. How did the book come to Khomeini's attention at all given he could not read it? Or rather who brought it to his attention and when. Remember this was the pre-internet age.

Was Khomeini an experienced fatwa-author or was this is a rare, possibly a unique, fatwa. If Khomeini rarely wrote a fatwa what was different this time? If he was a serial fatwa author how does the Rushdie-fatwa relate to the others? Who actually authored the text? How did the fatwa's pubication work its way into Western media given that the West does not read farsi or arabic?


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Daniel Pipes replies:

I addressed many of these topics in my 1990 book, The Rushdie Affair.

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