In 1988, Salman Rushdie published a book with the not so riveting title of ‘Satanic Verses’, not the sort of title that just walks them off the shelves. It attained some critical acclaim, meaning that it pleased the sort of people who like something highbrow around the house, although this is not a guarantee of a good read.
Fortunately for the author, it was promoted to celebrity status and a ‘must have’ by Ayatollah Khomeini, the Supreme Leader of Iran. Aya, being a couple of fatwa’s short of the full jihad, decided that it would be a great idea to call for Rushdie's and his publisher’s death for blasphemy. The British government expressed outrage and put him under police protection with the result that the book was an instant smash hit, which everyone bought to see what all the fuss was about.
Now that Muslims are supposedly outraged at the video, the Innocence of Muslims, the Iranians have decided that there are simply not enough copies of Satanic verses out there and have decided to promote it again:
An Iranian religious foundation has increased its reward for the killing of British author Salman Rushdie, in response to a U.S.-made film that mocks the Prophet Muhammad, sparking protests across the Muslim world. Rushdie, an Indian-born British novelist who has nothing to do with the film, was condemned to death in 1989 by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Iran's late leader, over his novel "The Satanic Verses," saying its depiction of the Prophet Muhammad was blasphemous.RLW advises all trendies on tight budgets to drag out your old copies of the book rather than buy new ones. Those who don’t have an old one are advised to try for a copy at a second hand bookstore, making it cheaper with the added benefit of having a better look about it, as an old one, preferably well thumbed, gives the appearance that you have owned something for some time, before it became really chic.
Khomeini's fatwa - or religious edict - was condemned in the West as incitement to murder and an assault on freedom of speech, but a wealthy Iranian religious organization has offered a large reward to anyone carrying it out and decided to increase the bounty amid the furor over the online film.
"I am adding another $500,000 to the reward for killing Salman Rushdie, and anyone who carries out this sentence will receive the whole amount immediately," said Hassan Sanei, the foundation's head, in a statement carried by the Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA).
This lets you to hold that satisfying self-righteous smugness with which you to lord it over those friends who have rushed out to buy a new copy. It’s a much better image, having it placed like it was casually tossed on the coffee table as if you have just put it down in order to answer the door.
Note: It is not necessary to actually read the book, but in order to hold the proper after dinner discourse on the subject, it is recommended that you check out the summary of it in Wikki in order to be full bottle on the subject matter.