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The Satanic Verses and the Demonic Text

Posted by eGZact on October 18, 2007

Have you thought upon Lat and Uzza

And Manat, the third, the other?

Shall He have daughters and you sons?

That would be a fine division!

These are but [three] names you have dreamed of, you and your fathers.

Allah vests no authority in them.

They only follow conjecture and wish-fulfillment,

Even though guidance had come to them already from their Lord

The Satanic Verses forces us to face and experience the painful problems hidden at the limits of our individual and collective identities, as demonic elements have done in various cultures from time immemorial.

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Literature Held Hostage

Posted by eGZact on August 27, 2007

The Holy War Against Salman Rushdie Turns 10. By Gregory McNamee

FEBRUARY 8, 1999:  IN THE FALL of 1988, the Anglo-Indian writer Salman Rushdie published what was then his fourth novel, a fantastic, sprawling allegory of the lives of immigrant Muslims in England. Like Rushdie’s earlier novels, The Satanic Verses combined literary seriousness with whimsical slapstick to criticize life in the so-called First World. The book was issued to a handful of critical notices, seemingly condemned to the quiet fate that most books that aspire to be seen as literature enjoy today.
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