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.


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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”.

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