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.
Iran has also offered a reward of more than $3 million to those who killed Rushdie.
Iran’s government has long distanced itself from Khomeini’s decree, but anti-Rushdie sentiment persisted. In 2012, a semi-official Iranian religious foundation increased the reward for Rushdie from $2.8 million to $3.3 million.
Rushdie dismissed the threat at the time, saying there was “no evidence” of public interest in the reward.
That year, Rushdie published a memoir, “Joseph Anton,” about the fatwa
Rushdie’s latest novelQuixotewas published in 2019. In it, Rushdie puts his spin on the Cervantes classic with a modern Don Quixote satirizing President Donald Trump’s America. The book had long been shortlisted for the Booker Prize.
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