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Salman Rushdie Still Haunted by Knife Attack Nightmares 30 Years After Fatwa

Salman Rushdie Still Haunted by Knife Attack Nightmares 30 Years After Fatwa

Author Salman Rushdie has spoken of his “crazy dreams” about being attacked with a knife in New York, 30 years after he was the target of an Islamic fatwa. Rushdie claimed that the incident, which he claims was motivated by his novel “The Satanic Verses,” still gives him nightmares.

The fatwa was issued in 1989 by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the supreme leader of Iran, after “The Satanic Verses” was published. The book was accused of blasphemy by some Muslims, and the fatwa called for Rushdie’s death.

Rushdie went into hiding for several years, and he was forced to cancel public appearances and travel. The fatwa was finally lifted in 1998, but Rushdie said he still has nightmares about being attacked.

“I have crazy dreams about being attacked with knives,” Rushdie said in an interview with The Guardian. “I have them all the time. I think it’s because I was so close to being killed.”

Rushdie said he believes the nightmares are a way for his subconscious mind to process the trauma of the fatwa. “I think it’s a way of dealing with the fear,” he said. “It’s a way of trying to make sense of what happened.”

Rushdie said he is still haunted by the fatwa, but he has learned to live with it. “I’m not going to let it control my life,” he said. “I’m going to keep writing and keep living my life.”

The fatwa against Rushdie was a major event in the history of free speech. It showed how the power of religious extremism can be used to silence dissent. Rushdie’s story is a reminder of the importance of defending freedom of expression, even in the face of threats.

Here are some additional details about the fatwa against Salman Rushdie:

  • The fatwa was issued on February 14, 1989, by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the supreme leader of Iran.
  • The book “The Satanic Verses” was accused of blasphemy by some Muslims.
  • The fatwa called for Rushdie’s death.
  • Rushdie went into hiding for several years.
  • The fatwa was finally lifted in 1998.
  • Rushdie’s story is a reminder of the importance of defending freedom of expression.

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