The chilling legacy of the Rushdie affair
The fatwa against The Satanic Verses author marked the beginning of an intolerant era.
“Rushdie understood the principle he had been conscripted to represent, and he stood firm for it. ‘What is freedom of expression?’, he famously said. ‘Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.’”
on the heroism of Salman Rushdie
"Mini-Rushdie affairs – ritualised denunciations that have more to do with the mob’s display of tribal solidarity than with anything the target said or did – now happen in academia and on social media every day" Great read from the great
“Mini-Rushdie affairs - ritualised denunciations that have more to do with the mob's display of tribal solidarity than with anything the target said or did - now happen in academia and on social media every day”
on the anniversary of the fatwa
If you plan to read one 30th-year retrospective on "The #SatanicVerses" episode, I recommend
's "Chilling Legacy of the
Affair," where he points to the many & negative developments that followed on that #Valentine's Day in 1989.
"The Rushdie affair became a template for global intellectual terrorism" from Paris and Copenhagen to Garland, Tex.; in a different way, it also foreshadowed the far pettier heresy hunts and sanctity trials of callout culture [
As Berlin Wall fell in 1989, at the same time another wall was erected. “The Rushdie affair has proven to be the beginning of ritualised denunciation and acceptable intolerance, and ultimately...
The impulse to rally against blasphemy and to drive out impurity is a human impulse...and the ultimate consequences are barbaric and oppressive, because of the victims they destroy and the conversations they squelch.