FORA Culture

Season 2008 Episode 1102

From Fatwa to Jihad: The Rushdie Affair

out of 10
User Rating
0 votes

By Users

Write A Review

Episode Summary

From Fatwa to Jihad: The Rushdie Affair
This year is the twentieth anniversary of the publication of Salman Rushdie's novel, The Satanic Verses, which led to one of the most famous free speech controversies of modern times. Deemed offensive to Muslims because of its portrayal of the prophet Mohammed, the book provoked large demonstrations by British Pakistanis and Bangladeshis, some of who publicly burned copies of the book. The book was banned in India, and in February 1989 the Ayatollah of Iran issued a fatwa calling for Rushdie's head. As a result, The Satanic Verses became a totem of the battle for free expression across the world.Today, the controversy continues to illuminate not so much a clash of civilisations as fault lines within the West itself. The response to the fatwa first revealed many anxieties familiar in contemporary debates about identity and 'social cohesion'. In particular, the spectre of multiculturalism has haunted the book?s wider reception. Many believe that home-grown terrorism is proof that policies designed to quell discontent and minimise social atomisation, have achieved the opposite effects.The journey from the Ayatollah's fatwa to self-directed jihad waged by a small sect of British Muslims is complex. What does the Rushdie affair really tell us about the origins of radical Islam? And does the West still have an appetite for intellectual freedom? - Institute of Ideasmoreless

Episode Discussion

Join the discussion of this episode Episode Discussion

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

See All Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions Trivia & Quotes
  • The World View Of Iran's Most Powerful Leader

    S 2008 : Ep 0311

    Aired 3/11/08 (1:31:30)

  • Race and National Politics in America

    S 2008 : Ep 0212

    Aired 2/12/08 (1:52:33)

  • Rethinking Fashion: The Corporate Conscience

    S 2007 : Ep 1023

    Aired 10/23/07 (2:00:16)

  • Big Ideas, Big Gifts, Big Impact

    S 2007 : Ep 0923

    Aired 9/23/07 (1:13:42)

Season 2008 Episodes

See All
Ep 1219
Rick Prelinger: Lost La...
Ep 1217
The Complete Quincy Jones
Ep 1216
Quincy Jones and Ben Fo...
Ep 1215
Andrew Sean Greer in Co...
Ep 1214
Dustin Lance Black: Scr...
Ep 1213
Ian Dunbar: Three Basic...
Ep 1212
MythBusters Co-Host Ada...
Ep 1212
Archaeologist Zahi Hawa...
Ep 1212
Archeologist Zahi Hawas...
Ep 1212
Mike Rowe on Discovery,...
Ep 1212
Eric Mead Reveals the L...
Ep 1212
Richard Saul Wurman at ...
Ep 1212
Feel Like the Incredibl...
Ep 1212
State By State: A Panor...
Ep 1212
Marc Pachter on the Art...
Ep 1211
David Cohen: Changing t...
Ep 1211
Miru Kim Documents Aban...
Ep 1211
Van Jones: The Green Co...
Ep 1211
Dana Gluckstein on Her ...
Ep 1211
Matt Harding: Where The...
Ep 1211
David Macaulay Comicall...
Ep 1211
Lanting & Eckstrom Reve...
Ep 1210
Richard Saul Wurman at ...
Ep 1210
Peter Coyote: Emmett Gr...
Ep 1207
Dinesh D'Souza: What's ...
Ep 1205
Dan Piraro: Bizarro Buc...