Writers of ‘The Satanic Verses’ take to the stage

Author Salman Rushdie talks about the start of his writing career during the Mississippi Book Festival on August 18, 2018 in Jackson, Miss.  Rushdie, the author whose writings received death threats from Iran in the 1980s, was attacked Friday.  While lecturing in western New York.

Chautauqua, NY – Salman RushdieThe author, whose writings received death threats from Iran in the 1980s, was attacked Friday when he was about to lecture in western New York.

An Associated Press reporter noticed a man stormed onto the stage at the Chautauqua Institute and began punching or hitting Rushdie as he was introduced. The writer was carried or fell to the floor, and the man was stopped.

Rushdie’s condition was not immediately known.

Rushdie is the author of 12 novels, six of which are USA Today best sellers, most notably “The Satanic Verses”, which has been banned in Iran since 1988 because many Muslims consider it blasphemous. A year later, Iran’s late leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa, or fatwa, calling for Rushdie’s death.

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