Sir Salman

June 16, 2007

Salman Rushdie has been knighted.

Having a bit of a problem as I do with the imperial honours system, I don’t know if this is the best reward for being a great writer as well as one of militant Islam’s most courageous and indomitable adversaries.

But congrats, Sir S.

One thing I will always remember from his work is the concept of the


which is a

Process Too Complicated To Explain.

(from Haroun and the Sea of Stories, one of his best books).

A most convenient alibi for almost anything.

Update: Here’s an irony: in 1989, Mr Iqbal Sacranie, of the UK Action Committee on Islamic Affairs, said of Rushdie:

Death, perhaps, is a bit too easy for him .. his mind must be tormented for the rest of his life unless he asks for forgiveness to Almighty Allah.

Iqbal Sacranie was knighted in 2005 for services to the Muslim community. The persecutor was rewarded before his victim.


One comment

  1. If anything,Iqbal Sacraine should have his knighthood taken away,for sheer disservice to Islam.
    Unfortunately it is people like them that pollute the western mind.
    We all have the faculity of choice in the western world but if we want to celebrate our choices,we all need to understand what the other defines first.
    Simple law of reciprocity.

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