Salman Rushdie attack: the legacy of the decades-old fatwa on the author, explained

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In 1989, Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Khomeini, who led the Islamic revolution in Iran ten years earlier, issued a fatwa – a religious edict – calling for the death of author Salman Rushdie. More than three decades later, at a literary event in New York state, a man who was not yet born when the fatwa was decreed is accused of stabbing the author.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 16 Aug 2022

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  • Islam
  • free speech
  • fatwa
  • Salman Rushdie
  • Ayatollah Khomeini


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