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    Pakistan Warns of Terrorism Over Rushdie Knighthood

    Along with Roth, Pynchon and McCarthy, Salman Rushdie is universally recognized as a name on a short list of the greatest living writers in the world.

    For those unfamiliar with the author's history, he was forced into hiding in 1989 after Ayatollah Khomeini proclaimed a fatwa on him, requiring his execution. The controversy surrounded The Satanic Verses, a book Muslim leaders declared blastphemous against the Prophet Muhammad.

    All diplomatic relations between Britain and Iran were broken as a result of the Rushdie situation. Limited relations resumed in 1990. Now it seems that history is repeating itself, only this time with Pakistan.

    (If you're an avid fan of literature, or even the English language for that matter, I highly recommend any of Rushdie's works. Brilliant author.)


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    Pakistan says Rushdie knighthood may spark terrorism

    Pakistan demanded on Monday that Britain withdraw a knighthood awarded to author Salman Rushdie, as a government minister said the honour gave a justification for suicide attacks by Muslims.

    Angry protesters in several cities torched British flags and beat them with their shoes in protest at the accolade for the Indian-born writer of "The Satanic Verses" and chanted "Death to Britain, death to Rushdie."

    Rushdie, 59, was forced to go into hiding for a decade after Iran's Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 1989 issued a death sentence over his book "The Satanic Verses," claiming it insulted Islam.

    Iran has already accused British leaders of "Islamophobia" after Rushdie -- now Sir Salman -- was awarded the knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II on Saturday to mark her 81st birthday.


    "If somebody has to attack by strapping bombs to his body to protect the honour of the Prophet, then it is justified," Pakistani Religious Affairs Minister Ijaz-ul-Haq told the national assembly.

    The minister, the son of military dictator Zia-ul-Haq who died in a plane crash in 1988, later retracted his statement in parliament and said he meant to say that knighting Rushdie could spark terrorism.

    "I was explaining that if the British government awards a knighthood to Salman Rushdie -- whose only credibility is that he wrote a blasphemous book -- then such action with encourage extremism," he told AFP.

    "If someone blows himself up he will consider himself justified. How can we fight terrorism when those who commit blasphemy are rewarded by the West?" he said.

    He said Pakistan should sever diplomatic ties with Britain if it did not withdraw the award, adding: "We demand an apology by the British government. Their action has hurt the sentiments of 1.5 billion Muslims.

    The national assembly earlier unanimously passed a resolution condemning the knighthood given to Rushdie.

    "We demand that Britain should refrain from such acts which hurt the sentiments of Muslims and take back the title of Sir given to Rushdie," parliamentary affairs minister Sher Afgan said.

    The resolution added that the award would encourage "contempt" for the Prophet Mohammed.

    Pakistani Foreign Office spokesman Tasnim Aslam warned that the British honour would harm efforts to promote understanding between Muslim nations and the West.


    "We deplore the decision of the British government to knight him. This, we feel, is insensitive and we would convey our sentiments to the British government," she added.

    Dozens of students from hardline Islamic schools in the central Pakistani city of Multan chanted "Death to Rushdie, death to Britain" and set a British flag on fire, witnesses said.

    They carried a banner saying "Our protest will continue until Britain withdraws the title."

    About the same number of protesters in the eastern cultural hub of Lahore used their shoes to pound burning British flags in a show of disrespect while in Karachi around 200 people rallied outside the mayor's office.

    Islamist leaders called for nationwide protests after Friday prayers.

    Five people died in the Pakistani capital Islamabad in 1989 in riots against Rushdie's book. Pakistan is an Islamic republic, like neighbouring Iran, and its 160 million population is overwhelmingly Muslim.

    The British High Commission (embassy) in Islamabad defended the decision to bestow the knighthood on Rushdie.

    "Sir Salman's honour is richly deserved and the reasons for it are self-explanatory," said spokesman Aidan Liddle.

    "This knighthood is a reflection of Salman Rushdie's contribution to literature through a long and diverse career."

    Rushdie's second novel, "Midnight's Children," won the prestigious Booker Prize in 1981 and was named the best novel in 25 years of the prize in 1993. Rushdie is also a fellow of Britain's Royal Society of Literature.

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    Re: Pakistan Warns of Terrorism Over Rushdie Knighthood

    I hope someone, someday, somewhere puts Rushdie out of his misery.

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    Re: Pakistan Warns of Terrorism Over Rushdie Knighthood

    Quote Originally Posted by Dawud
    I hope someone, someday, somewhere puts Rushdie out of his misery.
    I assume you've read The Satanic Verses?

    Is it a universal belief of the Islamic faith that anyone who blasphemes must be put to death?

    A quote from Pakistan's religious affairs minister:
    "If someone exploded a bomb on his body he would be right to do so, unless the British government apologises and withdraws the 'sir' title."

    Is this not a textbook definition of madness?! Do the majority of the world's Muslims share this view? I have trouble believing claims that Islam is a peaceful religion when I read things like this.

    I, for one, hope Rushdie lives at least another twenty years. It would be a shame to lose one of the greatest literary minds of the twentieth and twenty first centuries before he is able to produce, possibly, some of his greatest work.

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    Re: Pakistan Warns of Terrorism Over Rushdie Knighthood

    Quote Originally Posted by yossarian
    I assume you've read The Satanic Verses?

    Is it a universal belief of the Islamic faith that anyone who blasphemes must be put to death?

    A quote from Pakistan's religious affairs minister:
    "If someone exploded a bomb on his body he would be right to do so, unless the British government apologises and withdraws the 'sir' title."

    Is this not a textbook definition of madness?! Do the majority of the world's Muslims share this view? I have trouble believing claims that Islam is a peaceful religion when I read things like this.

    I, for one, hope Rushdie lives at least another twenty years. It would be a shame to lose one of the greatest literary minds of the twentieth and twenty first centuries before he is able to produce, possibly, some of his greatest work.
    Rushdie wrote a sick blasphemes book attacking Islam and the Prophet Muhammad.
    Christians are used to attacks on Jesus, and act as if nothing was said. We don't think like that.
    Muslims base their whole life, mind, and way of living on the Quran and the Prophet.

    Why do you consider Rushdies writting to be so great? The critics at the time reviewed his writting and declaired it mediocre at best. His writting would never have even been noticed if it hadn't for the Iranian fatwa.

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    Re: Pakistan Warns of Terrorism Over Rushdie Knighthood

    The critics at the time reviewed his writting and declaired it mediocre at best. His writting would never have even been noticed if it hadn't for the Iranian fatwa.
    Can I assume the reviews you're referring to were written by Muslim critics? I don't read reviews by Christian critics (that is not to say critics who happen to be Christians, but those who write reviews under the banner of Christianity) because I can be sure they will be devoid of objectivity and utterly unreliable in their observations... having a Christian bias as they do.

    No, he has never been considered "mediocre" by any stretch. On the contrary, his work has been widely praised by serious critics ever since he won the Booker Prize, one of the most prestigious awards in literature, for his second book, Midnight Children, which earned him both international celebrity status and critical acclaim.

    This was in 1981, a full seven years before The Satanic Verses were even published, eight before the Ayatollah put a price on his head.

    So, you've actually got it backwards. The fatwa would never have been issued in the first place had he not been such a great writer.

    Sure, all the media coverage helped book sales dramatically and caused Rushdie to become a household name. Oprah's inclusion of Cormac McCarthy's The Road into her book club did much the same thing, but she had nothing to do with him winning the Pulitzer for the book, or the National Book Award for another before that.
    Last edited by yossarian; 06-19-2007 at 09:07 AM.

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    Re: Pakistan Warns of Terrorism Over Rushdie Knighthood

    Quote Originally Posted by Dawud
    Rushdie wrote a sick blasphemes book attacking Islam and the Prophet Muhammad.
    Christians are used to attacks on Jesus, and act as if nothing was said. We don't think like that.
    Muslims base their whole life, mind, and way of living on the Quran and the Prophet.

    Why do you consider Rushdies writting to be so great? The critics at the time reviewed his writting and declaired it mediocre at best. His writting would never have even been noticed if it hadn't for the Iranian fatwa.
    why would you want this person to die because of a book he wrote? who cares what he says?

    this is why you freakin crazy muslims need to be put down. you get all riled up with your "death to britian, death to america"...SHUT UP ALREADY. go sell your oil and drive your mercedes and rape your women, but just STFU already with your death chants.

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