The publication of Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses (1989) unleashed a scandal of global proportions and accentuated the global cultural divide between A prone figure in Indian costume against a yellow backgroundthose who believe in absolute freedom of expression and those who assert that their spiritual (in this case Islamic) beliefs should also be protected from acts of epistemic transgression.

The publication of the novel also caused what is now called the Rushdie Affair which involved a fatwa against the author by Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran resulting in death threats to the author.

This course will encourage you to read the book carefully and then offer supplementary materials in order to understand as to what made the book so transgressive and controversial.


Rushdie, Salman. The Satanic Verses [Any edition will be fine]

Class Reader [Provided by the Instructor]

Major Assignments:


Mid Term Exam

Final Paper

Detailed Syllabus will follow soon!

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