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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