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Kureishi on the Rushdie affair

Kenan Malik talks to Hanif Kureishi about the Rushdie fatwa and why no one would write such a book today

By Kenan Malik   April 2009

Read a web-exclusive article from Anshuman A Mondal, who, 20 years after The Satanic Verses , has talked to young British Muslims throughout the country about faith and politics

Twenty years ago the Rushdie affair became a watershed in the relationship between British society and its Muslim minority. The campaign against The Satanic Verses, the book-burnings that accompanied the protests and Ayatollah Khomeini’s fatwa that forced Salman Rushdie into hiding for nearly a decade helped to transform the political and cultural landscape of Britain.

The Rushdie affair was different from the previous conflicts between British society and its minorities.…

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