Salman Rushdie: Who is Salman Rushdie, these 7 things you might not know about him

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Salman Rushdie

Highlights

  • Ahmed Salman Rushdie was born on 19 June 1947 in Mumbai
  • The author of one of the controversial novels ‘The Satanic Verses’
  • Yatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa in 1989

Salman Rushdie: Indian-origin writer Salman Rushdie has been attacked in New York, USA. He was going to attend an event when he was attacked. Rushdie was admitted to the hospital via air ambulance to Salman. At present, his health remains critical. He was one of the fiercest critics of Islam religion. Many prizes were also placed on him.

Who is Salman Rushdie

Ahmed Salman Rushdie was born on 19 June 1947 in Mumbai. Rushdie was born in a Muslim family but kept aloof from religion. He was an atheist. Rushdie wrote the novel Midnight’s Children in 1981, after which his book sold a lot and for this reason everyone came to know him. In the same year the most prestigious literary prize was awarded the ‘Booker Prize’. He was awarded this prize twice.

These 7 things related to him

1. Salman Rushdie has been a prominent spokesman for free expression and liberal causes. He is the former president of Penn America.
2. He is the author of one of the most controversial novels of all time, ‘The Satanic Verses’. From this book the Muslims felt that it was insulting to Islam. Because of this, protests against Rushdie erupted around the world. At the same time, 12 people were killed in Mumbai.
3. His novel was banned in Iran. Leader Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa in 1989 calling for Rushdie’s death and offering a reward of more than $2.8 million to the killer. A semi-official Iranian religious foundation increased the reward from $2.8 million to $3.3 million in 2012.
4. Due to Rushdie receiving death threats, he was provided security by the British government.
5. The year Khomeini had issued the fatwa had also died in the same year. The Iranian government had distanced itself from this fatwa of Khomeini.
6. Rushdie dismissed the threat at the time, saying the bounty did not interest the public.
7. He has said that he is proud of his fight for freedom of expression, saying at a talk in New York in 2012 that terrorism is indeed the art of fear. He said that “the only way to defeat it is not to be afraid.

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