Category : satanic verses

Twenty five years under the fatwa

alt informationKhomeini's 1989 death sentence on Salman Rushdie still casts a shadow over free speech, says Padraig Reidy

Should religious or cultural sensibilities ever limit free expression?

alt informationFrom the Magazine: Writer and broadcaster Kenan Malik and art historian and educator Nada Shabout on one of the art world's most contentious debates

Religion and free speech: it’s complicated

For centuries, free speech and religion have been cast as opponents. Index looks at the complicated relationship between religion and free speech

What reception will India give new Rusdhie film?

The film of Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children is set to be released on 1 February. If the team behind the movie adaptation is at all nervous about screening the film they have good reason. Rushdie, who wrote the screenplay, and has been the literary face for freedom of expression for years, has a tumultuous history of censorship […]

We need to talk about Islam

Fearing extremists reacting violently to the publication of books deemed to be offensive to Islam, many publishers have thought twice about what they release about the religion. Alom Shaha says it's time to discuss faith properly

India: How to silence a nation

Legal proceedings have been filed against the four authors that read aloud from Salman Rushdie's The Satanic verses.
Salil Tripathi explains how outdated Colonial-era legislation is being used to curtail free expression.

Writers take a stand against Rushdie ban

As the noise surrounding Salman Rushdie's withdrawal from the Jaipur Literary Festival rumbles on, India's writers take a stand against the ban on The Satanic Verses. Salil Tripathi reports

Salman Rushdie pulls out of Indian literary festival amid assassination fears

Author Salman Rushdie has been forced out of the Jaipur Literary Festival, after receiving information suggesting hit-men had been ordered to assassinate him. Muslim leaders had been calling for Indian-born Rushdie to be banned from the festival. Rushdie’s 1988 novel, The Satanic Verses, which is inspired by the life of Muhammed, was perceived by Muslims to be […]

India must choose to defend free speech

As religious figureheads call to ban Salman Rushdie from a prestigious literature festival in India, Salil Tripathi reports on the country's "sepulchral silence"
UPDATE: Salman Rushdie pulls out of Indian festival amid assassination fears

Shadow of the fatwa

It is 22 years since Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini issued a death sentence against the author Salman Rushdie. The author's critics lost the Satanic Verses battle but won the war against free speech, argues Kenan Malik

When does cultural sensitivity become a form of censorship?

Julia Farrington on censorship and the arts

Kamila Shamsie: Islam and offence

In an extract from her new book in the Manifestos for the 21st Century series, author Kamila Shamsie explores the reasons why Islam has become synonymous with offence