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The hidden story of the 1989 fatwa issued by Ayatollah Khomeini against Salman Rushdie.

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    • 4.4 • 65 Ratings

The hidden story of the 1989 fatwa issued by Ayatollah Khomeini against Salman Rushdie.

    10. Postscript

    10. Postscript

    How The Satanic Verses affair affected freedom of speech. This ten-part series tells the hidden story of the 1989 fatwa issued against Salman Rushdie - the forces which led to the death sentence and recent attack on him, and the consequences for all of us. The series covers a 20-year period from 1979 to 1999 and explores race relations in Britain, identity, free speech and the connection between the fatwa and cotemporary violent jihad. It was originally broadcast in 2019.

    Producer: Chloe Hadjimatheou
    Presenters: Chloe Hadjimatheou and Mobeen Azhar
    Editor: Richard Knight

    • 17 min
    9. I've Got a Problem Here

    9. I've Got a Problem Here

    Violence inspired by the fatwa spreads to Norway, This ten-part series tells the hidden story of the 1989 fatwa issued against Salman Rushdie - the forces which led to the death sentence and recent attack on him, and the consequences for all of us. The series covers a 20-year period from 1979 to 1999 and explores race relations in Britain, identity, free speech and the connection between the fatwa and contemporary violent jihad. It was originally broadcast in 2019.

    Producer: Chloe Hadjimatheou
    Presenters: Chloe Hadjimatheou and Mobeen Azhar
    Editor: Richard Knight

    • 15 min
    8. The Dentist

    8. The Dentist

    How Salman Rushdie publicly reaffirmed his Muslim faith in 1990. This ten-part series tells the hidden story of the 1989 fatwa issued against Sir Salman - the forces which led to the death sentence and recent attack on him, and the consequences for all of us. The series covers a 20-year period from 1979 to 1999 and explores race relations in Britain, identity, free speech and the connection between the fatwa and contemporary violent jihad. It was originally broadcast in 2019.

    Producer: Chloe Hadjimatheou
    Presenters: Chloe Hadjimatheou and Mobeen Azhar
    Editor: Richard Knight

    • 15 min
    7. The Mullah Boys

    7. The Mullah Boys

    How the Rushdie controversy drew some towards violent jihadism. This ten-part series tells the hidden story of the 1989 fatwa issued against Salman Rushdie - the forces which led to the death sentence and recent attack on him, and the consequences for all of us. The series covers a 20-year period from 1979 to 1999 and explores race relations in Britain, identity, free speech and the connection between the fatwa and contemporary violent jihad. It was originally broadcast in 2019.

    Producer: Chloe Hadjimatheou
    Presenters: Chloe Hadjimatheou and Mobeen Azhar
    Editor: Richard Knight

    • 14 min
    6. Are You With Us?

    6. Are You With Us?

    How The Satanic Verses affair forced individuals to choose a side. This ten-part series tells the hidden story of the 1989 fatwa issued against Salman Rushdie - the forces which led to the death sentence and recent attack on him, and the consequences for all of us. The series covers a 20-year period from 1979 to 1999 and explores race relations in Britain, identity, free speech and the connection between the fatwa and contemporary violent jihad. It was originally broadcast in 2019 and this episode contains strong discriminatory language.

    Producer: Chloe Hadjimatheou
    Presenters: Chloe Hadjimatheou and Mobeen Azhar
    Editor: Richard Knight

    • 14 min
    5. What’s a Fatwa?

    5. What’s a Fatwa?

    How Salman Rushdie was forced into hiding in 1989. This ten-part series tells the hidden story of the fatwa issued against Salman Rushdie - the forces which led to the death sentence and recent attack on him, and the consequences for all of us. The series covers a 20-year period from 1979 to 1999 and explores race relations in Britain, identity, free speech and the connection between the fatwa and contemporary violent jihad. It was originally broadcast in 2019. The programme contains strong discriminatory language.

    Producer: Chloe Hadjimatheou
    Presenters: Chloe Hadjimatheou and Mobeen Azhar
    Editor: Richard Knight

    This episode includes a clip of Salman Rushdie speaking to Channel 4 in 1993.

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
65 Ratings

65 Ratings

E D U D E ,

Very informative

Good information and from several views.

edielush ,

Entertaining and fascinating

Thoughtful exploration of the fatwa in the historical context of Britain thirty years ago. Great light touch from the hosts and wonderfully produced - bravo team !

Aqqqq ,

Read a book instead!

Apart from the obvious journalistic bias - mubeen’s (sorry if spelling is incorrect) constant over pronouncing is the most annoying feature - surprised I made it through 10 episodes

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