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Rushdie the warrior-poet

What many Muslims fail to understand about Salman Rushdie is that his disdain for closed culture is not aimed exclusively at Islam. It is universal

By Emran Mian   October 2005

Shalimar the Clown by Salman Rushdie (Jonathan Cape, £17.99)

The Lebanese proprietor of my local café shook his head when he saw me eating lunch with this book open on the table. When I visited my parents, my mother hid it from her guests. A bearded friend rang to check whether it was possible that I may not be enjoying it very much. It is thrilling and almost anachronistic for a book to be so potent. It is not only for me though, as a Muslim, that the publication of a new book by Rushdie is unusually important. Rushdie is…

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