Salman Rushdie stabbed in New York

Salman Rushdie
Salman Rushdie. (Source: The Forward)

Salman Rushdie spent about 10 years under police protection. He lived in hiding after Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini called for his execution after the 1979 Iranian Revolution because his controversial novel The Satanic Verses was deemed insulting to Islam.

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The book was also banned in Rushdie’s homeland India. Not only his work, he was barred from entering the country for more than a decade. (un)