CHAUTAUQUA, NY — Salman Rushdie, the author whose writing led to death threats from Iran in the 1980s, was attacked on Friday while preparing to give a lecture in western New York.
An Associated Press reporter saw a man storm the stage at the Chautauqua Institution and began punching or stabbing Rushdie as he was being introduced. The author was taken away or fell to the ground and the man was held.
Rushdie suffered an apparent stab wound to the neck and was transported by helicopter to a nearby hospital, according to New York State Police. His condition is not yet known.
NYSP says suspect has been taken into custody.
Rushdie’s book The Satanic Verses has been banned in Iran since 1988 because many Muslims consider it blasphemous. A year later, the late Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa, or edict, calling for Rushdie’s death.
A bounty of over $3 million has also been put up for anyone who kills Rushdie.
The Iranian government has long distanced itself from Khomeini’s decree, but anti-Rushdie sentiment lingered. In 2012, a semi-official Iranian religious foundation increased Rushdie’s bounty from $2.8 million to $3.3 million.
Rushdie denied that threat at the time, saying there was “no evidence” people were interested in the reward.
That year Rushdie published his memoir Joseph Anton on the fatwa.
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https://abc7.com/salman-rushdie-attacked-author-stabbed-at-lecture-fatwa-the-satanic-verses/12120036/ “The Satanic Verses” author Salman Rushdie was stabbed to death on a New York speaking stage, state police have confirmed