According to the Associated Press, Queen Elizabeth II conferred knighthood on Salman Rushdie today, despite protests from Islamic countries.
In 1989, a fatwa was placed on Mr. Rushdie after his 1988 novel, The Satanic Verses, was deemed an insult to Islam. Mr. Rushdie spent the next decade in hiding.
When Mr. Rushdie’s impending knighthood was announced last year at the Queen’s 81st birthday, Muslims in Pakistan and Iran responded by burning effigies and protesting in the street. The first deputy speaker of Iran’s parliament, Mohammad Reza Bahonar, announced, “Salman Rushdie has turned into a hated corpse which cannot be resurrected by any action.”
Mr. Rushdie told reporters: