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BY HARUMENDHAH HELMY
ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS
 

It’s been a busy week for British-Indian author Salman Rushdie.
 

He published a new book -- a 600-page memoir titled “Joseph Anton.” (Video: The Daily Show)
 

...and an Iranian religious group increased the reward for his killing by $500,000.
 

Rushdie became a target of many in the Muslim community in the late 1980s after the publication of his novel The Satanic Verses.


The book -- partly inspired by Prophet Muhammad’s life -- is accused of being blasphemous.
 

So in 1989, then-Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa -- a ruling based on Islamic law -- calling for Rushdie’s death.

 

The Iranian government officially lifted that fatwa in 1998 — but some extreme hardline groups claim fatwas are irrevocable and continued the bounty. Currently, the price for Rushdie’s head is at US $3.3 million, according to the Iranian Student News Agency.

 

NBC News reports the upped reward was “in response to a U.S.-made film that mocks the Prophet Muhammad” and has sparked much outrage in the Muslim world... though Rushdie had nothing to do with that project.
 

In his latest book, Rushdie chronicles his life in hiding after the initial fatwa was issued. Joseph Anton was the pseudonym he adopted -- created in reference to authors Joseph Conrad and Anton Chekhov.
 

On The Daily Show, the author managed to poke fun at his experience.
 

Rushdie: “Now, it makes a good book. At the time, not so good.”
Jon Stewart: “There are other ways to get good material...”


In a statement to the Los Angeles Times, Rushdie shrugs off the latest bounty for his life, saying he does not want to “magnify [the] ugly bit of headline.”

Rushdie Makes Media Rounds, With Bounty on His Head

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Sep 19, 2012

Rushdie Makes Media Rounds, With Bounty on His Head

(Image source: English PEN)


BY HARUMENDHAH HELMY
ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS
 

It’s been a busy week for British-Indian author Salman Rushdie.
 

He published a new book -- a 600-page memoir titled “Joseph Anton.” (Video: The Daily Show)
 

...and an Iranian religious group increased the reward for his killing by $500,000.
 

Rushdie became a target of many in the Muslim community in the late 1980s after the publication of his novel The Satanic Verses.


The book -- partly inspired by Prophet Muhammad’s life -- is accused of being blasphemous.
 

So in 1989, then-Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa -- a ruling based on Islamic law -- calling for Rushdie’s death.

 

The Iranian government officially lifted that fatwa in 1998 — but some extreme hardline groups claim fatwas are irrevocable and continued the bounty. Currently, the price for Rushdie’s head is at US $3.3 million, according to the Iranian Student News Agency.

 

NBC News reports the upped reward was “in response to a U.S.-made film that mocks the Prophet Muhammad” and has sparked much outrage in the Muslim world... though Rushdie had nothing to do with that project.
 

In his latest book, Rushdie chronicles his life in hiding after the initial fatwa was issued. Joseph Anton was the pseudonym he adopted -- created in reference to authors Joseph Conrad and Anton Chekhov.
 

On The Daily Show, the author managed to poke fun at his experience.
 

Rushdie: “Now, it makes a good book. At the time, not so good.”
Jon Stewart: “There are other ways to get good material...”


In a statement to the Los Angeles Times, Rushdie shrugs off the latest bounty for his life, saying he does not want to “magnify [the] ugly bit of headline.”

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