Satanic Verses PDF - Overview
The Satanic Verses is the fourth novel of British-Indian writer Salman Rushdie. First published in September 1988, the book was inspired by the life of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. As with his previous books, Rushdie used magical realism and relied on contemporary events and people to create his characters. The title refers to the Satanic Verses, a group of Quranic verses that refer to three pagan Meccan goddesses: Allāt, Al-Uzza, and Manāt.
The Satanic Verses received positive reviews, was a 1988 Booker Prize finalist and won the 1988 Whitbread Award for novel of the year. However, major controversy ensued as Muslims accused it of blasphemy and mocking their faith. The outrage among Muslims resulted in Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, then Supreme Leader of Iran, calling for Rushdie’s death on 14 February 1989.
The result was several failed assassination attempts on Rushdie, who was placed under police protection by the UK government, and attacks on several connected individuals, including the murder of translator Hitoshi Igarashi. Rushdie was later stabbed in August 2022 during a public talk. The book was banned in India as hate speech directed toward Muslims.
Contents of Satanic Verses
- The Angel Gibreel
- Ellowen Deeowen
- A City Visible but Unseen
- Return to Jahilia
- The Angel Azraeel
- The Parting of the Arabian Seas
- A Wonderful Lamp