The Durian Beat
By ROGER M. BALANZA
The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdiewas published in 1988 and was inspired in part by the life of Muhammad. Rushdie used magical realism and relied on contemporary events and people to create his characters. The title refers to the so-called “satanic verses“, a group of alleged Qur’anic verses that allow intercessory prayers to be made to three Pagan Meccan goddesses.
The Satanic Verses sparked a major controversy when Muslims accused it of blasphemy and mocking their faith. The outrage among some Muslims resulted in a fatwā issued against him by AyatollahRuhollah Khomeini, the Supreme Leader of Iran, on February 14, 1989. The fatwa is an order to kill Rushdie.
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