The Satanic Verses Plot That Got Muslim World's Goat

The Satanic Verses was the fourth novel by British-Indian writer Salman Rushdie. First published in September 1988, the book was inspired by the life of the Islamic prophet Mohammed. 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 part of the story that deals with the "satanic verses" was based on accounts from the historians al-Waqidi and al-Tabari.

Thanks to the Rajiv Gandhi government of the time, India got the dubious distinction of being the first country to ban The Satanic Verses, the book by Salman Rushdie towards which Rafiq Zakaria, father of journalist Fareed Zakaria, drew the attention of the then Government of India. By banning the book, the Congress government drew the attention of the whole world towards the piece of literature. The...

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