The Satanic Verses

A Novel

Author: Salman Rushdie

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780312270827

Category: Fiction

Page: 561

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The explosion of a jetliner over India triggers an Apocalyptic battle that sweeps across the subcontinent. Reprint.
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Before Orthodoxy

The Satanic Verses in Early Islam

Author: Shahab Ahmed

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674977319

Category: Social Science

Page: 352

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A controversial episode in the life of the Prophet Muhammad concerns an incident in which he allegedly mistook words suggested by Satan as divine revelation. Muslims now universally deny that the Satanic verses incident took place. But Muslims did not always hold this view. Shahab Ahmed uses this case to explore how religions establish truth.
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Joseph Anton

A Memoir

Author: Salman Rushdie

Publisher: Knopf Canada

ISBN: 0307401383

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 672

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On February 14, 1986, Valentine’s Day, Salman Rushdie was telephoned by a BBC journalist and told that he had been “sentenced to death” by the Ayatollah Khomeini, a voice reaching across the world from Iran to kill him in his own country. For the first time he heard the word fatwa. His crime? To have written a novel called The Satanic Verses, which was accused of being “against Islam, the Prophet, and the Quran.” So begins the extraordinary, often harrowing story—filled too with surreal and funny moments—of how a writer was forced underground, moved from house to house, an armed police protection team living with him at all times for more than nine years. He was asked to choose an alias that the police could call him by. He thought of writers he loved and combinations of their names; then it came to him: Conrad and Chekhov—Joseph Anton. He became “Joe.” How do a writer and his young family live day by day with the threat of murder for so long? How do you go on working? How do you keep love and joy alive? How does despair shape your thoughts and actions, how and why do you stumble, how do you learn to fight for survival? In this remarkable memoir, Rushdie tells that story for the first time. He talks about the sometimes grim, sometimes comic realities of living with armed policemen, and of the close bonds he formed with his protectors; of his struggle for support and understanding from governments, intelligence chiefs, publishers, journalists, and fellow writers; of friendships (literary and otherwise) and love; and of how he regained his freedom. This is a book of exceptional frankness and honesty, compelling, moving, provocative, not only captivating as a revelatory memoir but of vital importance in its political insight and wisdom. Because it is also a story of today’s battle for intellectual liberty; of why literature matters; and of a man’s refusal to be silenced in the face of state-sponsored terrorism. And because we now know that what happened to Salman Rushdie was the first act of a drama that would rock the whole world on September 11th and is still unfolding somewhere every day.
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The Rushdie Affair

The Novel, the Ayatollah, and the West

Author: Daniel Pipes

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 9781412838818

Category: History

Page: 303

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The publication in 1988 of Salman Rushdie's novel The Satanic Verses triggered a furor that pitted much of the Islamic world against the West over issues of blasphemy and freedom of expression. The controversy soon took on the aspect of a confrontation of civilizations, provoking powerful emotions on a global level. It involved censorship, protests, riots, a break in diplomatic relations, culminating in the notorious Iranian edict calling for the death of the novelist. In The Rushdie Affair, Daniel Pipes explains why the publication of The Satanic Verses became a cataclysmic event with far-reaching political and social consequences. Pipes looks at the Rushdie affair in both its political and cultural aspects and shows in considerable detail what the fundamentalists perceived as so offensive in The Satanic Verses as against what Rushdie's novel actually said. Pipes explains how the book created a new crisis between Iran and the West at the time--disrupting international diplomacy, billions of dollars in trade, and prospects for the release of Western hostages in Lebanon. Pipes maps out the long-term implications of the crisis. If the Ayatollah so easily intimidated the West, can others do the same? Can millions of fundamentalist Muslims now living in the United States and Europe possibly be assimilated into a culture so alien to them? Insightful and brilliantly written, this volume provides a full understanding of one of the most significant events in recent years. Koenraad Elst's postscript reviews the enduring impact of the Rushdie affair. "The Rushdie Affair is a lucid, balanced often startling and ultimately convincing analysis....scrupulously fair, respectful of Islam yet unintimidated by the flood of threats and invective."--Mark Caldwell, Philadelphia Inquirer "[A] work of impeccable scholarship.Pipes offers a number of conclusions that merit attention at all levels."--Amir Tahiri, Los Angeles Times Daniel Pipes is director of the Middle East Forum and a columnist for the New York Post and the Jerusalem Post. Among his books are The Long Shadow: Culture and Politics in the Middle East, In the Path of God: Islam and Political Power (both published by Transaction), Greater Syria: The History of an Ambition, and Friendly Tyrants: An American Dilemma. Koenraad Elst is a Belgium-based writer on comparative religion, Indian history, and Hindu-Muslim relations. "Very highly recommended for anyone seeking a better understanding of contemporary Islam in general, and this defining controversy in particular."--Wisconsin Bookwatch
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Salman Rushdie

Midnight's Children-The Satanic Verses

Author: David Smale

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9781840462531

Category: Fiction

Page: 190

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The books in this series are designed for students of literature who want to explore the ever-increasing body of literary criticism relating to the authors and texts studied most frequently on university courses.
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A Brief History of Blasphemy

Liberalism, Censorship and "The Satanic Verses"

Author: Richard Webster

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Blasphemy

Page: 152

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The Moor's Last Sigh

Author: Salman Rushdie

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0679744665

Category: Fiction

Page: 435

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Moraes Zogoiby offers a revealing account of his family, their evolving fortunes, and the lost world of possibilities in twentieth-century India, detailing a universe of family rifts, greed, dark passions, secrecy, power, and the mysteries of art. Reprint. 100,000 first printing.
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The Satanic Verses

A Novel

Author: Salman Rushdie

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 030778665X

Category: Fiction

Page: 576

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One of the most controversial and acclaimed novels ever written, The Satanic Verses is Salman Rushdie’s best-known and most galvanizing book. Set in a modern world filled with both mayhem and miracles, the story begins with a bang: the terrorist bombing of a London-bound jet in midflight. Two Indian actors of opposing sensibilities fall to earth, transformed into living symbols of what is angelic and evil. This is just the initial act in a magnificent odyssey that seamlessly merges the actual with the imagined. A book whose importance is eclipsed only by its quality, The Satanic Verses is a key work of our times.
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Fury

A Novel

Author: Salman Rushdie

Publisher: Vintage Canada

ISBN: 0307375900

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

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Professor Malik Solanka, retired historian of ideas, irascible doll maker, and since his recent fifty-fifth birthday celibate and solitary by his own (much criticized) choice, in his silvered years found himself living in a golden age. Outside his window, a long humid summer, the first hot season of the third millennium, baked and perspired. The city boiled with money. Rents and property values had never been higher, and in the garment industry it was widely held that fashion had never been so fashionable. - from Fury From one of the world’s truly great writers comes a wickedly brilliant and pitch-black comedy about a middle-aged professor who finds himself in New York City in the summer of 2000. Not since the Bombay of Midnight’s Children have a time and place been so intensely captured in a novel. Salman Rushdie’s eighth novel opens on a New York living at break-neck speed in an age of unprecedented decadence. Malik Solanka, a Cambridge-educated self-made millionaire originally from Bombay, arrives in this town of IPOs and white-hot trends looking, perversely, for escape. He is a man in flight from himself. This former philosophy professor is the inventor of a hugely popular doll whose multiform ubiquity – as puppet, cartoon and talk-show host – now rankles with him. He becomes frustratingly estranged from his own creation. At the same time, his marriage is disintegrating, and Solanka very nearly commits an unforgivable act. Horrified by the fury within him, he flees across the Atlantic. He discovers a city roiling with anger, where cab drivers spout invective and a serial killer is murdering women with a lump of concrete, a metropolis whose population is united by petty spats and bone-deep resentments. His own thoughts, emotions and desires, meanwhile, are also running wild. He becomes deeply embroiled in not one but two new liaisons, both, in very different ways, dangerous. Professor Solanka’s navigation of his new world makes for a hugely entertaining and compulsively readable novel. Fury is a pitiless comedy that lays bare, with spectacular insight and much glee, the darkest side of human nature. From the Hardcover edition.
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East, West

Stories

Author: Salman Rushdie

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0804152330

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

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From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Satanic Verses comes nine stories that reveal the oceanic distances and the unexpected intimacies between East and West. Daring, extravagant, comical and humane, this book renews Rushdie's stature as a storyteller who can enthrall and instruct us with the same sentence.
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Haroun and the Sea of Stories

Author: Salman Rushdie

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0143124773

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

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Vowing to return to his father--the city storyteller--his lost gift of speech, Haroun begins a quest that introduces him to a mad bus driver, the Shadow Warriors, and the land of darkness.
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The Jaguar Smile

A Nicaraguan Journey

Author: Salman Rushdie

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0307786668

Category: Travel

Page: 160

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“I did not go to Nicaragua intending to write a book, or, indeed, to write at all: but my encounter with the place affected me so deeply that in the end I had no choice.” So notes Salman Rushdie in his first work of nonfiction, a book as imaginative and meaningful as his acclaimed novels. In The Jaguar Smile, Rushdie paints a brilliantly sharp and haunting portrait of the people, the politics, the terrain, and the poetry of “a country in which the ancient, opposing forces of creation and destruction were in violent collision.” Recounting his travels there in 1986, in the midst of America’s behind-the-scenes war against the Sandinistas, Rushdie reveals a nation resounding to the clashes between government and individuals, history and morality.
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Grimus

Author: Salman Rushdie

Publisher: Vintage Canada

ISBN: 0307358739

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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Flapping Eagle is a young Axona Indian gifted with immortal life after drinking an elixir from his wayward sister. But after 777 years of sailing the world’s seas, he becomes weary of life, and sets out to find the mystical Calf Island, a place where his fellow immortals have gathered and created their own version of the human race. But Calf Island is a strange place – like its inhabitants, it is both blessed and cursed. Sensing a terrible darkness at the heart of the island, Flapping Eagle sets out to scale the island’s peak and confront its mysterious and potent creator, Grimus himself. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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The Myth of September 11

The Satanic Verses of Western Democracy

Author: Roberto Quaglia

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781503152700

Category:

Page: 630

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This is a book about the Myth of September 11. About the facts and the motives behind this myth, the smokescreens of the war of perception and the psychology and insanity connected with this. To expose this myth completely is a modern blasphemy, an unbearable heresy; it's the Satanic Verses of Western Democracy. This is a taboo argument that cannot be freely discussed on TV, in the press or in Parliaments. As more and more people stop believing in the dogmatic Official Version of the events of September 11, 2001, an increasingly sophisticated manipulation of social attitudes is necessary to keep Western institutions from crumbling under the weight of their own contradictions. By now there are plenty of books telling an alternative story of the events of September 11. These books are banned in schools and universities and popular bookshop chains and nevertheless acquire more and more readers. That's because such books disregard the myth and do the best they can to tell the truth about the events of that day. And there are also many independent films which do the same and which have been viewed tens of millions of times on Youtube, but are still banned from TV. However, most of these book and films don't manage to go beyond the facts of that day. Generally they are good works of journalism, but as such they stay anchored to the bare facts, and often fail to envision the Big Picture. The Myth of September 11 - The Satanic Verse of Western Democracy is much more than a book of investigative journalism. It's a vision of a Zeitgeist, of the mad spirit of our times. A formidable manual to understand the refined techniques of myth-building and myth-reinforcing, of mass psychology manipulation and psychological warfare which have been applied to fool us all until now. You'll discover how it is possible to vaccinate a people against a truth by giving it little noninfective doses of truth. How to encourage doublethinking in ways not even envisioned by Orwell. How in the dawn of the third millennium, after thousands of years of development of human culture and science, the world could fall back into the dark ages of myth and superstition. How the entire world could already have been engulfed for years in a huge and grotesque bubble of delusion and irreality. How faithful TV watchers, their minds confused by too many years of Hollywood movies with too many special effects, have been led to believe in the reality of the September 11 Myth and in the existence of a mythical villain, the evil Osama bin Laden, the one and only Santa Claus of Evil. In this book, Roberto Quaglia skilfully assembles all the pieces of the puzzle. But he does not limit himself to that. Calling upon his imaginative resources, the author deploys factual and fictional evidence, seriousness and satire, irony and sarcasm. Quaglia's stringent logic completely demolishes the official version of the September 11 events, while through narrative ability and a taste for paradox he manages to hook the reader and keep him on the edge of his seat from the beginning to the end of the book. This book is the ultimate wake-up call.
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The Golden House

A Novel

Author: Salman Rushdie

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0399592814

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A modern American epic set against the panorama of contemporary politics and culture—a hurtling, page-turning mystery that is equal parts The Great Gatsby and The Bonfire of the Vanities On the day of Barack Obama’s inauguration, an enigmatic billionaire from foreign shores takes up residence in the architectural jewel of “the Gardens,” a cloistered community in New York’s Greenwich Village. The neighborhood is a bubble within a bubble, and the residents are immediately intrigued by the eccentric newcomer and his family. Along with his improbable name, untraceable accent, and unmistakable whiff of danger, Nero Golden has brought along his three adult sons: agoraphobic, alcoholic Petya, a brilliant recluse with a tortured mind; Apu, the flamboyant artist, sexually and spiritually omnivorous, famous on twenty blocks; and D, at twenty-two the baby of the family, harboring an explosive secret even from himself. There is no mother, no wife; at least not until Vasilisa, a sleek Russian expat, snags the septuagenarian Nero, becoming the queen to his king—a queen in want of an heir. Our guide to the Goldens’ world is their neighbor René, an ambitious young filmmaker. Researching a movie about the Goldens, he ingratiates himself into their household. Seduced by their mystique, he is inevitably implicated in their quarrels, their infidelities, and, indeed, their crimes. Meanwhile, like a bad joke, a certain comic-book villain embarks upon a crass presidential run that turns New York upside-down. Set against the strange and exuberant backdrop of current American culture and politics, The Golden House also marks Salman Rushdie’s triumphant and exciting return to realism. The result is a modern epic of love and terrorism, loss and reinvention—a powerful, timely story told with the daring and panache that make Salman Rushdie a force of light in our dark new age. Praise for The Golden House “If you read a lot of fiction, you know that every once in a while you stumble upon a book that transports you, telling a story full of wonder and leaving you marveling at how it ever came out of the author’s head. The Golden House is one of those books. . . . [It] tackles more than a handful of universal truths while feeling wholly original.”—The Associated Press “The Golden House . . . ranks among Rushdie’s most ambitious and provocative books [and] displays the quicksilver wit and playful storytelling of Rushdie’s best work.”—USA Today “[The Golden House] is a recognizably Rushdie novel in its playfulness, its verbal jousting, its audacious bravado, its unapologetic erudition, and its sheer, dazzling brilliance.”—The Boston Globe
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Shame

Author: Salman Rushdie

Publisher: Vintage Canada

ISBN: 0307367770

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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The novel that set the stage for his modern classic, The Satanic Verses, Shame is Salman Rushdie’s phantasmagoric epic of an unnamed country that is “not quite Pakistan.” In this dazzling tale of an ongoing duel between the families of two men—one a celebrated wager of war, the other a debauched lover of pleasure—Rushdie brilliantly portrays a world caught between honor and humiliation —“shamelessness, shame: the roots of violence.” Shame is an astonishing story that grows more timely by the day. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Men in Charge?

Rethinking Authority in Muslim Legal Tradition

Author: Ziba Mir-Hosseini,Mulki Al-Sharmani,Jana Rumminger

Publisher: Oneworld Publications

ISBN: 1780747179

Category: Religion

Page: 320

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Both Muslims and non-Muslims see women in most Muslim countries as suffering from social, economic and political discrimination, treated by law and society as second-class citizens subject to male authority. This discrimination is attributed to Islam and Islamic law, though it varies considerably in its impact, according to both class and region. Since the late 19th century there has been a mass of literature tackling this issue, some from a feminist or human rights perspective, some taking the form of an apology for Islamic law. Recently, exciting new feminist research has been challenging gender discrimination and male authority from within Islamic legal tradition, and this book presents some important results from that research. The contributors all engage critically with two central juristic concepts, rooted in the Qur’an, that lie at the basis of this discrimination, concepts which place women under male authority. One refers to a husband’s authority over his wife, his financial responsibility towards her, and his superior status and rights. The other is male family members’ right and duty of guardianship over female members (e.g., fathers over daughters when entering into marriage contracts) and the privileging of fathers over mothers in guardianship rights over their children. The contributors, scholars from different disciplines and backgrounds, were brought together by Musawah (Arabic for equality), a global movement for equality and justice in the Muslim family, launched in 2009. Musawah aims at producing new knowledge to help build grass-roots movements and to mobilize for change.
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A Mind Unraveled

A Memoir

Author: Kurt Eichenwald

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 0399593624

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

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"The compelling story of an acclaimed journalist and New York Times bestselling author's ongoing struggle with epilepsy--his torturous decision to keep his condition a secret to avoid discrimination, and his ensuing decades-long battle to not only survive, but to thrive. Written with brutal and affecting honesty, Kurt Eichenwald, who was diagnosed with epilepsy as a teenager, details the abuses he faced while incapacitated post-seizure, the discrimination he fought that almost cost him his education and employment, and the darkest moments when he contemplated suicide as the only solution to ending his physical and emotional pain. He recounts how medical incompetence would have killed him but for the heroic actions of a brilliant neurologist and the friendship of two young men who assumed part of the burden of his struggle. Ultimately, Eichenwald's is an inspirational tale, showing how a young man facing his own mortality on a daily basis could rise from the depths of despair to the heights of unimagined success"--
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Place of the sacred

the rhetoric of the Satanic verses affair

Author: Joel Kuortti

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Inc

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 187

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