The Rushdie Affair: The Novel, the Ayatollah, and the West

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The Rushdie Affair: The Novel, the Ayatollah, and the West
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AuthorDaniel Pipes
CountryUnited States
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardcover and Paperback)

The Rushdie Affair: The Novel, the Ayatollah, and the West is a book written by historian Daniel Pipes, published in 1990. It focuses on events surrounding The Satanic Verses. The afterword was written by Koenraad Elst.

The first part of the book describes The Satanic Verses and Ayatollah Khomeini's edict, explaining why Rushdie's book became a controversy . The second part describes responses to the text and criticizes censorship of the book in some countries.


Edward Mortimer, in The New York Times, called the book "an extremely well-written and clear analysis of the issues raised".[1] Other positive reviews appeared in the Library Journal,[2] and the Philadelphia Inquirer.[3] the LA Times,[4]

For François Dupuis-Déri (Columbia University), Pipes book can be understood in the neoconservative idea of the "Clash of Civilizations".[5]

According to Emilie Réné, in Les Cahiers du CERI (CERI is a French public institution in political science), Pipes' essay "suffers from oversimplification".[6]


  • New York: Birch Lane, 1990
  • Paperback edition: New Delhi: Voice of India, 1998


  1. ^ Mortimer, Edward (22 July 1990). "Satanic Verses: The Aftermath". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
  2. ^ - Gordon Stein, Library Journal, April 1, 1990
  3. ^ - Mark Caldwell, The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 13, 1990
  4. ^ - Amir Taheri, Los Angeles Times, May 13, 1990
  5. ^ Dupuis-Déri, François (1997). "L'affaire Salman Rushdie symptôme d'un " Clash of Civilizations " ?". Etudes Internationales. p. 8.
  6. ^ Emilie, René (1997). "L'"affaire Rushdie". Protestation mondiale et communauté d'interprétation". Les Cahiers du CERI. 18.

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