Hitoshi Igarashi

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Hitoshi Igarashi
Hitoshi Igarashi.jpg
Born 10 June 1947
Died 12 July 1991 (aged 43–44)
Notable works Translation of The Satanic Verses
Spouse Michiko Igarashi (ja)

Hitoshi Igarashi (五十嵐 一 Igarashi Hitoshi?, 1947 – 11 July 1991) was a Japanese scholar of Arabic and Persian literature and history and the Japanese translator of Salman Rushdie's novel The Satanic Verses.

Early life and education[edit]

Igarashi was born in 1947.[1] He completed his doctoral programme in Islamic art at the University of Tokyo in 1976, and was research fellow at the Royal Academy of Iran until the Islamic Revolution in 1979.


Igarashi was an associate professor of comparative Islamic culture at the University of Tsukuba.[2] He translated Ibni Sina's The Canon of Medicine by Avicenna and Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses[3] and wrote books on Islam, including The Islamic Renaissance and Medicine and Wisdom of the East.[4]


Main article: Death of Hitoshi Igarashi (in Japanese)

After Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa in 1989, calling for the death of "the author of the Satanic Verses book, which is against Islam, the Prophet and the Qur'an, and all those involved in its publication who are aware of its content", he was stabbed repeatedly in the face and arms by an unknown assailant and died. His body was found on 12 July 1991 in his office at the University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki.[1][4]


  1. ^ a b "Hitoshi Igarashi (1947-1991)". Fukimimi. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  2. ^ Helm, Leslie (13 July 1991). "Translator of 'Satanic Verses' Slain". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "One person's story". OMID. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Weismann, Steven R. (13 June 1991). "Japanese Translator of Rushdie Book Found Slain". The New York Times. Retrieved 11 February 2013.