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Khomeini’s blood terror targets Salman Rushdie

Article paru dans Workers Hammer, No 105, March 1989, p. 12-9

Tehran, Iran: Young students march in the streets of Tehran chanting, ‘Death to Salman Rushdie and America’ while holding posters of Ayatollah Khomeini and Salman Rushdie, condemning him to death. Thousands of people demonstrated in Tehran after a religious decree or “Fatwa” was issued by Ayatollah Khomeini, calling Salman Rushdie a blasphemer and his book the Satanic Verses an insult to Islam and Prophet Mohammad, and therefore condemned to death. (Photo by Kaveh Kazemi/Getty Images)

CENSORSHIP BY ASSASSINATION

When Ayatollah Khomeini issued his decree of death against novelist Salman Rushdie and the Viking/Penguin publishers of his Satanic Verses, a shudder spread around the world. Here was the ultimate statement of theocratic totalitarianism: not only must the book be banned, but its author executed for the “crime” of having written it. It was a throwback to the days when heretics were burned at the stake and witches boiled in oil. Suddenly the dark past of the Inquisition was no further than the local shopping centre. There it was, the benighted superstition of the Middle Ages in the middle of the Computer Age.

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John Barrett: “The Tigers of Wrath”

Article de John Barrett paru dans Here and Now, no. 9, 1989, p. 3-5

Muslims marching along street, Peter’s street Derby, protesting against Salman Rushdie’s book The Satanic Verses, 15th March 1989. (Photo by Staff/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)

After a brave foray into leafleting a Leeds March, John Barrett examines he Muslim mobilisation against the “Satanic Verses” and the liberal Rationality enshrined in Western notions of ‘freedom’.