Maya Sikand (UWC AC)
Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie is a British-Indian novelist and essayist. His fourth novel, The Satanic Verses (1988), provoked violent reactions from Muslims in several countries. Faced with death threats and a fatwa (religious edict) issued by Ayatollah, then Supreme Leader of Iran, he spent nearly a decade largely underground. In June 2007, he was knighted for “services to literature” the announcement of which met with disapproval from some Muslim nations and communities, with some claiming that it “may spark terrorism” Parliamentarians of several of these countries condemned the action, and Iran and Pakistan called in their British envoys to protest formally. Mass demonstrations against the honour took place in Pakistan and Malaysia.
Do you think it was insensitive of Britain to knight Salman Rushdie?
- I don’t know
52 answered. 19 (37%) feel it was insensitive to knight Rushdie, 25 (48%) disagree. 8 (15%) aren’t sure.
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