What is a fatwa? Salman Rushdie's backstory moves center stage after attack
A fatwa was issued against Salman Rushdie in 1989 over his book 'The Satanic Verses.' But what is a fatwa and how has it affected his life and career?That death sentence — a fatwa — had immediate effects on Rushdie's life, spurring him into hiding for the better part of 10 years and dogging him and others around him who were related to the publication of the book.
(Reuters) - Indian-born novelist Salman Rushdie, who was attacked on a New York state lecture stage on Friday, spent years in hiding after he was ordered killed by Iran in 1989 because of his writing. © Reuters/CHARLES SAVENOR/LOCAL NEWS X/TMX Author Salman Rushdie is helped by people after he was stabbed at the Chautauqua Institution
Following are some key events that followed that death edict - or fatwa - issued by Iran's Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini after the publication of Rushdie's 1988 novel "The Satanic Verses", which Khomeini deemed blasphemous to Islam.
- Feb 12, 1989: At least six people are killed in the Pakistani city of Islamabad in shooting between police and gunmen in a crowd protesting against the sale of the novel in the United States.
Explaining the controversy around 'Satanic Verses,' the book that led to the fatwa against author Salman Rushdie
Published in 1988, Rushdie's "The Satanic Verses" was decried by some as blasphemous for its portrayal of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.Maxwell, convicted in December of sexually abusing girls and trafficking them in order to have sex with Epstein, was also fined $750,000 and will be on probation for five years after her release.
- Feb 14, 1989: The fatwa. Khomeini calls on all Muslims to kill Rushdie.
- Feb 24, 1989: Twelve people are killed in Mumbai when police open fire to prevent a crowd of 10,000 protesters marching on the British High Commission.
- May 27, 1989: Pro-Iranian and pro-Iraqi factions clash when some 30,000 Muslim demonstrators mass outside the British parliament.
- Sept 14, 1989: Four bombs are planted outside bookshops in Britain owned by Penguin, publisher of "The Satanic Verses".
- July 3, 1991: Ettore Capriolo, Italian translator of The Satanic Verses, is beaten and attacked with a knife in his Milan flat by a man who says he is Iranian.
- July 12, 1991: Japanese translator Hitoshi Igarashi is stabbed to death in Tokyo by an attacker who flees.
- Sept 7, 1995: After six years under police protection and living in safe houses, Rushdie appears in London in his first pre-announced public appearance since the fatwa was issued.
Reactions to the attack on writer Salman Rushdie
Reactions to the attack on writer Salman Rushdie(Reuters) -Here are reactions to Friday's attack on novelist Salman Rushdie.
- Feb 12, 1997: Eight years after it first offered a reward, the Iranian revolutionary 15th Khordad Foundation increases the bounty on Rushdie's head to $2.5 million.
- Sept 22, 1998: Iranian President Mohammad Khatami says the Rushdie affair is "completely finished".
- Sept 24, 1998: Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi tells British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook at the United Nations in New York that Iran will take no action to threaten Rushdie's life, nor encourage anybody else to do so.
- Sept 28, 1998: Iranian media say three Iranian clerics have called on Islamic followers to kill Rushdie under the fatwa.- Oct 4, 1998: Some 160 members of the Iranian parliament say the death decree against Rushdie remains valid.- Oct 10, 1998: A hardline Iranian student group sets a one billion rial (then $333,000) bounty on the head of Rushdie.- Oct 12, 1998: State-linked Iranian religious foundation raises its $2.5 million bounty by $300,000.- Feb 3, 1999: Mumbai-born Rushdie is granted a visa by the Indian government to visit his country of birth, triggering protests by Muslims.
Salman Rushdie placed under respirator after being stabbed at a conference in the United States
© Copyright 2022, L'Obs Salman Rushdie, author of "Satanic Verses" and targets for more than 30 years of a fatwa of Iran, was placed under respirator after having been stabbed on Friday August 12 at the neck and the abdomen in New York State by a man who was arrested. "The news is not good," the British writer's agent Andrew Wylie told the "New York Times.
- June 15, 2007: Rushdie is awarded a knighthood by Britain's Queen Elizabeth for services to literature, prompted diplomatic protests from Pakistan and Iran and demonstrations in Pakistan and Malaysia.
- Jan 20, 2012: Rushdie cancels plans to attend a major literature festival in Jaipur, India, after protests from some Indian Muslim groups.
- Sept 16, 2012: Iranian religious foundation raises its bounty for killing Rushdie to $3.3 million.
- June 20, 2014: Rushdie wins annual PEN/Pinter Prize for his support for freedom of speech and what judges call his generous help to other writers.
- Oct 13, 2015: Rushdie warns of new dangers to freedom of speech in the West amid tight security at the Frankfurt Book Fair. The Iranian Ministry of Culture cancelled its national stand at the fair because of Rushdie's appearance.
- Feb 22, 2016: Iranian state-run media outlets add $600,000 to a bounty for the killing of Rushdie.
- June 1, 2022: Rushdie is made a Companion of Honour in the British Queen's annual birthday honours.
- Aug 12, 2022: Rushdie is attacked on stage at a literary event in Chautauqua, western New York state, and is flown by helicopter to a local hospital for treatment.
(Compiled by John Stonestreet; Editing by Daniel Wallis)
Authors and friends rally and read for Salman Rushdie .
Friends and fellow authors speak out on Salman Rushdie's behalf during a rally on the steps of the main branch of the New York Public Library.Rushdie's condition has improved and, according to his literary agent, he has been removed from a ventilator.