Author Salman Rushdie attacked on stage in New York

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Author Salman Rushdie attacked on stage in New York

Rushdie has faced threats to his life over his novel ‘The Satanic Verses’, which many Muslims consider blasphemous.

Author Salman Rushdie is tended to after he was attacked during a lecture at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York, US [Joshua Goodman/AP Photo]

Published On 12 Aug 202212 Aug 2022

Salman Rushdie, the author whose writing led to death threats from Iran in the 1980s, has been attacked as he was about to give a lecture in southwestern New York State.

An Associated Press reporter witnessed a man storm the stage at the Chautauqua Institution and begin punching or stabbing Rushdie as he was being introduced. The author was taken or fell to the floor, and the man was restrained.

It remains unclear if Rushdie was seriously injured.

Rushdie’s book “The Satanic Verses” has been banned in Iran since 1988, as many Muslims consider it to be blasphemous. A year later, Iran’s late leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued an edict calling for Rushdie’s death.

Iran has also offered over $3m in reward for anyone who kills Rushdie.

The British-Indian author, who currently lives in the United States, had been previously put under police protection because of threats to his life. He has published dozens of books. The UK knighted him in 2007 which sparked protests from  the Muslim world.

More to follow.

Source: Al Jazeera, The Associated Press