State-Funded Iranian Videogame Resurrects Salman Rushdie Fatwa

A game funded by the Iranian government picks the scab off a wound that most youngsters in the country probably either forgot or didn't know about it the first place. The game is called "The Stressful Life of Salman Rushdie and Implementation of his Verdict." For those who may not remember, Salman Rushdie is an author who had a fatwa put on his head by Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini for his 1988 book, "The Satanic Verses." All good Muslims were encouraged to kill Rushdie for penning his "blasphemous book."

While the Iranian Government said publicly in 1998 that it no longer supported killing Rushdie, a new game being created by a group of Iranian students – funded by money from the government – does its best to drudge up the past. The game, which was announced in Tehran at the second annual Computer Games Expo, is being developed Iran's Islamic Association of Students.

Director of the Association, Ahmad Khalili, said that the game is intended to "introduce our third and fourth generation to the fatwa against Salman Rushdie and its importance." He said that while ideas about the game came easy, getting actual production on the game accomplished was a much more elusive task.

Hopefully the game never sees the light of day because the whole Salman Rushdie saga needs to be put to rest.

Source: The Escapist, The Guardian

Writer Salman Rushdie speaks at Collisioni 2011 on May 29, 2011 Novello, Italy. Photo © 2012 andersphoto /, provided by Shutterstock.

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    gellymatos says:

    It was Ayatollah Khomeini, so one must look at why he did it. First, his Fatwa had no backing in Islamic law. No trial, no way to defend himself, no legal reasoning and it was simply announced by state radio. Of course, when do the masses care about about jurisprudence over percieved "justice"? So, those who respected Khomeini (and that's a lot of people) took it seriously. After all, he's considered the religious leader of Iran and a revolutionary leader at that. So, if the religious reason is nonsense, then political motivation is the next likely. And it makes sense: a way to increase the popularity of the Islamic Revolution, gaining more credibly as an Islamic leader as opposed to Saudi Arabia its rival state, a distraction from Iran's problems, and of course to divide Muslims further from the West.

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    DorthLous says:

    A fatwa should not exist anyway, since in Islam, there isn't supposed to be a clergy. Religion is supposed to be between Allah and the person, so calling a fatwa on someone else is giving yourself religious authority.

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    MechaTama31 says:

    I have to wonder, do these people really not understand how bad it makes Islam look when they answer insult with murder?  Or are they plants, deliberately doing stupid things to try to make Islam look bad? 

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