Author Salman Rushdie Attacked on Lecture Stage in New York
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Salman Rushdie, the author whose writing led to death threats from Iran in the 1980s, was attacked Friday as he was about to give a lecture in western New York.
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.
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 a fatwa, or edict, calling for Rushdie’s death.
Iran has also offered over $3 million in reward for anyone who kills Rushdie.
Ahmed Salman Rushdiewas born in Bombay on 19 June 1947 during the British Raj, into an Indian Kashmiri Muslim family.
He is the son of Anis Ahmed Rushdie, a Cambridge-educated lawyer-turned-businessman, and Negin Bhatt, a teacher.
Rushdie was knighted for services to literature in the Queen's Birthday Honours on 16 June 2007.