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An Attempt to Understand the Muslim Reaction to the "Satanic Verses"

Symposium S. No. 53

By (author) Victoria La'Porte
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 31st Mar 1999
Dimensions: h 230mm
ISBN-10: 0773480315
ISBN-13: 9780773480315
Barcode No: 9780773480315
This volume deals with all the major issues surrounding "The Satanic Verses" controversy. It explores Muslim reasons for wanting the novel banned and places their arguments in context with the history of the West and the Islamic world. It shows how Muslim hurt and anger toward the publication cannot be reduced solely to sociological and anthropological factors, but rather locates the reason for offence in the manner Rushdie chose in writing the novel. The book also seeks to illuminate how liberal reaction widened the gap between the author and the Muslim community in Britain. A large section of the book challenges the liberal arguments against censorship. It reveals the mistake liberals make in imposing their own belief system on the Muslim community. It explore the reaction from Christian circles, focusing explicitly on the Church of England. Finally, the study examines all the issues surrounding law. It shows how the fatwa imposed on Rushdie, issued by the late Ayatollah Khomeini, though religiously motivated, is contrary to the law and spirit of Islam and must be condemned. It provides a discussion of the blasphemy law in relation to "The Satanic Verses".

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