That’s ‘Sir Salman Rushdie’ to You
Posted on Jun 16, 2007
Eighteen years after the publication of Salman Rushdie’s explosively controversial novel “The Satanic Verses”—which led to widespread criticism by Muslims and a death threat ordered by Ayatollah Khomeini—the Indian-born writer has been singled out for a much more desirable form of official recognition: Rushdie has been knighted by the queen of England.
His re-emergence has not been without controversy.
In backing Jack Straw over his comments on Muslim women wearing veils, Sir Salman said veils “suck” as they were a symbol of the “limitation of women”.
He also weighed into the furore surrounding the Danish cartoons, which satirised the Prophet Muhammad, warning against Islamic “totalitarianism”.
AP Photo / Fritz Reiss
No stranger to danger: Author and provocateur and now freshly knighted, Salman Rushdie re-emerged into public life in 1999.