Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie

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Many scholars may disagree that Haroun and The Sea of Stories written by author Salman Rushdie does not tie back to the Fatwa but I believe this children's book was a great way to get across his views on Islamic culture. Haroun and the Sea of Stories is a reflection of the authors time hiding from the fatwa as well as the connections between political and religious figures. Rashid Khalifa and Salman Rushdie are threatened in both fiction and reality; only trying to reclaim their identities. Salman Rushdie is a Indian British author who has written many books that are mostly based on Indian Culture. His novel, The Satanic Verses, was published in 1988 and happened to be a major controversy between many political leaders throughout several Muslim countries. The Satanic Verses had upset Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who then issued a fatwa (political death threat) on Salman Rushdie on February 14th, 1989. During his time under police protection he released a Children’s book, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, in 1990. “The story of Haroun and Rashid Khalifa, written by Rushdie in his forced exile, deals with the theme of a writer’s freedom to make up stories” (sen). Rushdie points out that the Satanic Verses are mistaken words of the devil that Mohammad spoke as a part of the Qur’an. Many Muslims said it was sacrilegious and that Rushdie was making a claim that the Qur’an was the work of the devil. During an interview Rushdie said that, “I expected a few mullahs (muslim man or woman) would be offended, call me names, and then I could defend myself in public... I honestly never expected anything like this" (Netton). Rushdie was not the only author that publicized forms of religion or politics. Naguib Mahfouz was an Arabic literature ... ... middle of paper ... .... Rashid no longer had anyone believing in him and you have to wonder if that is how Rushdie felt during his time hiding. This novel represents so much more than a message to the Ayatollah. It shows courage, strength and perseverance when finding yourself and most importantly never letting anyone have the satisfaction of beating you down for your beliefs. Works Cited Sen, Suchismita. "Memory, Language, and Society in Salman Rushdie's "Haroun and the Sea of Stories"." Contemporary Literature (): 654. Print. Netton, Ian Richard. Text and trauma: an East-West Primer. Surrey: Curzon Press, 1996. Print. Rushdie, Salman, and Aron R. Aji. ""All Names Mean Something": Salman Rushdie's "Haroun" and the Legacy of Islam." Contemporary Literature (): 103. Print. Rushdie, Salman. Haroun and the sea of stories. New York: Granta Books in association with Viking, 1990. Print.
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