Salman Rushdie

Offended? That's the Price of Freedom

Andrew Copson | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK
Andrew Copson

In 2008, the blasphemy laws were abolished in England and Wales. They protected the tender sympathies of the Anglican God against any insults whether ...

Salman Rushdie Reminds Us That We Must All Defend Freedom of Speech

Stewart McDonald | Posted 12.02.2017 | UK Politics
Stewart McDonald

On Valentine's Day, 27 years ago, Salman Rushdie began a transition that would lead to a life on the run, going by the name of Joseph Anton.

ISIS and Identity

Heidy Rehman | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK
Heidy Rehman

Why are young people leaving Europe to fight for ISIS? They are looking for somewhere to belong.

Charlie Hebdo and PEN: When Free Speech Is Cheaper Than a Gala Dinner for Some

John Sargeant | Posted 28.06.2015 | UK
John Sargeant

The arrogance of those staying away is breathtaking. PEN exists to speak out for writers who are persecuted and threatened. As Salman Rushdie said, he hopes no one ever goes after the writers staying away. Still, it is easier to piss on dead cartoonists than to stand up to ISIS who crucify and behead.

Europe Must Stand for Freedom of Opinion and Rule of Law

Paulo Casaca | Posted 18.03.2015 | UK Politics
Paulo Casaca

The freedom to express critical opinions and most in particular to express them as caricatures stands at the heart of our concept of free society. As in any other of our basic freedoms, there are limits to freedom of expression.

Time to Pay Religion the Disrespect It Deserves

Christopher Jackson | Posted 13.03.2015 | UK Politics
Christopher Jackson

All religions, new and old, should be subject to the same disrespect that Charlie Hedbo so boldly and bravely paid them. As Salman Rushdie, a man who knows a thing or two about this subject, said religion deserves our 'fearless disrespect'. Long may such disrespect, whether it be in Charlie Hedbo or elsewhere, continue.

Jaipur Literature Festival: Melting Pot of Books, Writers and Readers

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK
Preetam Kaushik

When the seventh edition of the most famous Jaipur Literature Festival opened at Diggi palace in Rajasthan (India), the charter was set by none other than the famous economist and Nobel laureate Amartya Sen. And, what did he want for the country, the third world nation which on the throes of turning into a vibrant economy?

Review: Unhitched - The Trial of Christopher Hitchens by Richard Seymour

Andrew Doyle | Posted 08.04.2013 | Home
Andrew Doyle

Towards the end of the ninth century, Pope Stephen VI had the body of his predecessor Formosus exhumed, dressed in its sacerdotal attire, and propped ...

Sharing The Midnight Magic With Salman Rushdie

The Huffington Post UK | Caroline Frost | Posted 26.02.2013 | UK Entertainment

It is evidently the time to film the 'unfilmable', with the big screen adaptation coming of Salman Rushdie's Booker-winning tome 'Midnight's Children'...

50 Shades Of Grey: Book Of The Year?

The Huffington Post UK | Sam Parker | Posted 13.01.2013 | Home

And so, as the literary year heads into its final furlong, The Specsavers National Book Awards offers us one last chance to don a tux, sip some bubbly...

South Asian Literature - We Are Each Others' Stories

Namita Gokhale | Posted 26.10.2012 | Home
Namita Gokhale

In its many voices, languages and avatars, South Asian literature is beginning to look at its own reflection rather than viewing itself in the refracted approval of an imagined Western audience.

Who is Going to Stop the Fanatics?

Lord Weidenfeld of Chelsea | Posted 04.12.2012 | UK
Lord Weidenfeld of Chelsea

A Europe, which is withdrawn into itself, and a policy of withdrawal on the part of the American President, in view of the whole world, facilitate foreign-policy adventures and claims of hegemony of various players in the region and its surroundings.

Rushdie has Damaged Rather Than Protected Free Speech

Catriona Luke | Posted 21.11.2012 | Home
Catriona Luke

Rushdie told the World Service that "the most frightening change" that he saw in Pakistan was that the mass of the people seemed to have given up on the "very moderate" religious beliefs that they used to hold.

Caroline Frost

TV REVIEW: Imagine... Being Salman Rushdie | Caroline Frost | Posted 20.09.2012 | UK Entertainment

Salman Rushdie's ad for his new book, sorry I mean Alan Yentob's insightful investigation of years spent living a secret life, turned up on our screen...

Literary Controversies Since the Rushdie Affair

Claire Chambers | Posted 19.11.2012 | Home
Claire Chambers

The British protests against Rushdie's novel and these more recent protests are commonly understood in terms of the free speech versus religious offence argument. But it is important to think beyond this limiting binary to attain a greater degree of intercultural understanding in twenty-first century Britain.

Muslims Protest Against H. G. Wells Book in 1930s Britain

Rehana Ahmed | Posted 19.11.2012 | Home
Rehana Ahmed

The publication of Salman Rushdie's memoir Joseph Anton will inevitably give rise to reappraisal of the Satanic Verses affair. In this pair of articles, we look backwards and then forwards in time from this dispute to other controversies involving religious protests against creative works to add historical depth and complexity to the debate.

'Satanic Verses Would Be Difficult To Publish Now'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.09.2012 | UK

The Satanic Verses author Sir Salman Rushdie said it would be "difficult" to publish his book now because of the "climate of fear" that exists. The...

Iran's Ayatollah Reissues Fatwa For Salman Rushdie

The Huffington Post UK | Dina Rickman | Posted 17.09.2012 | UK

An Iranian religious leader has called for Salman Rushdie's death, 23 years after a fatwa was first issued against the "blasphemous" author by Iran's ...

Does it Take a Controversy to Create a Bestseller?

Laxmi Hariharan | Posted 07.11.2012 | Home
Laxmi Hariharan

Does it take a controversy for an Indie novel to become a bestseller in today's crowded electronic era? Of course if your novel is provocative enough, and both the above are extremely so, it will rub many the wrong way, sufficiently enough to generate that much-needed word-of-mouth buzz, which any marketer worth his/her salt will tell you is invaluable.

A Reclamation of Reading

Stephanie Allen | Posted 02.11.2012 | Home
Stephanie Allen

Things are getting rather steamy on the literature scene right now. Wherever I go, it seems that I can't escape the endless chatter about Fifty Shades of Grey. Struggling to close my ears and fight what seems to be a sudden modern classic, I thought I might as well join the debate.

Salman Rushdie and the Magical Realism of Terror on Art

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 28.06.2012 | UK
Preetam Kaushik

The background: January 2012, A thriving local Indian literature festival, the Jaipur Literature Festival, which gets visiting authors like Irvine Wel...

Great Works Of Friction: Legendary Literary Feuds

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 15.02.2012 | Home

Feuding, fighting and fisticuffs are not things we normally associate with literary types. More often we think of someone sat at a desk covered in ...

Salman Rushdie Accuses Indian Police Of Lying About Assassination Threat

WENN | Posted 23.03.2012 | Home

Salman Rushdie has accused Indian police officials of lying about an alleged plot to assassinate him. The writer - who has faced protests over his ...

The Oprah Winfrey Show Wows India

Posted 23.03.2012 | Home

Forget Salman Rushdie – the Jaipur Literary Festival has found a new hero as American chat show host Oprah Winfrey breezed in and stole the show. ...

Salman Rushdie Receives Death Threat From Mumbai Mafia

Posted 21.03.2012 | Home

Who said being a writer was a quiet life? Salman Rushdie has been forced to cancel his appearance at Asia’s biggest literary festival after receivin...