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Today's Big Idea: Exalted Birds

The Big Idea for Sunday, September 23, 2012

After the Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa against Rushdie following the publication of The Satanic Verses in 1989, Salman Rushdie went into hiding and his brilliant literary career was threatened to be overshadowed by the notoriety that came from this one novel. 

After the fatwa was lifted and Rushdie was once again "free," the author's reputation is still deeply tied to the controversy over The Satanic Verses. 

And so the question is raised again on the occasion of the publication of Rushdie's memoir, is Rushdie a blasphemer or a humanizer? 


  1. 1 A Fatwā Revisited, A Veil Lifted
    Daniel Honan Think Tank
  2. 2 On Salman Rushdie and My Apostasy
    Tauriq Moosa Against the New Taboo
  3. 3 What should Americans know about Islam?
    Paul Barrett
  4. 4 Revolutionaries, Examine Your Own Convictions
    Ayaan Hirsi Ali

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