Rushdie uses The Satanic Verses and his critical essay “In Good Faith” to explain the reasoning behind why some women do not take pleasure in being a part of the Islamic culture. In Salman Rushdie’s essay “In Good Faith” he describes the unfair standards that women are subject to in Islamic culture. He says that sons get twice as much inheritance as daughters and widows are only entitled to an eighth of a share (In Good Faith, 400). The punishments for thievery or prostitution are stoning to death or mutilation, but the consequences for these infractions apply to women al...
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...eves those Satanic Verses to be a key factor behind the maltreatment of women in Islamic society because they only reinforce the idea that women are less valuable than men. Through the use of the devil as the narrator, Rushdie illustrates how Satan is more of a caring god to Muslim women than Allah because of the better way of life and more value they have with him rather than with God.
Phillips, Kathy J. "Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses as a Feminist Novel." Literary Studies East and West: Constructions and Confrontations: Changing Representations of Women and Feminisms, East and West. Ed. Cristina Bacchilega and Cornelia N. Moore. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 1996.
Rushdie, Salman. “In Good Faith.” Imaginary Homelands London: Grata, 1991: 393-414.
Rushdie, Salman. The Satanic Verses. New York: Random House Publishing Group, 1988.
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