Muslims threaten author – Rushdie fears assassination

January 20, 2012 07:22

Author Salman Rushdie has withdrawn from India’s biggest literary festival, saying that he feared assassination after influential Muslim clerics protested against his participation. – BBC News



Mr Rushdie said he had been told by sources that assassins “may be on the way to Jaipur to kill me”.

Mr Rushdie sparked anger in the Muslim world with his book The Satanic Verses, which many regard as blasphemous.

He lived in hiding for many years after Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa calling for his execution.

The author had been scheduled to speak on the opening day of the five-day Jaipur event which began on Friday, but earlier this week organisers said his schedule had changed and took his name off the list of speakers.


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