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Shalimar The Clown

By Salman Rushdie

Shalimar The Clown
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  • Hardcover: Sep 2005,
    416 pages.
    Paperback: Oct 2006,
    416 pages.

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The 1989 fatwa against Salman Rushdie proclaimed by Ayatollah Khomeini (then leader of Iran) triggered by the publication of The Satantic Verses in 1988, has never been lifted.  In fact, it was reaffirmed in 2005 by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's current spiritual leader, and again in February 2006 when the government-run Matyrs Foundation announced, "The fatwa by Imam Khomeini in regards to the apostate Salman Rushdie will be in effect forever ..... The book The Satanic Verses was the incarnation of the satanic plots of the World Arrogance (United States) and the occupying Zionists which appeared through the sleeves of this apostate".  Another of Iran's foundations has offered a USA $2.8 million bounty on Rushdie’s life.

The key element that Khomeini found offensive in The Satanic Verses was a fictionalized illusion to a legend relating to the Prophet Mohammed, in which it is said that Mohammed originally accepted some ...

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