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Rushdie Fatwa Now a Video Game?

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Anti-Rushdie March in London -- May 1989

An Iranian video game about killing Salman Rushdie? Creepy, silly, sick? I’m pretty stumped. Don’t know what to make of this. So during the late eighties, Ayatollah Khomeini ordered Rushdie’s execution and put a price on his head. For many many years, Rushdie lived as a fugitive. Apparently, this game, titled The Stressful Life of Salman Rushdie and Implementation of his Verdict, is about tracking down and, I suppose, killing Rushdie. Cumbersome title, if you ask me. Who is doing their product packaging?

FYISalman Rushdie is a British Indian novelist of high renown. His popular and totally must-read novels include Midnight’s Children and Satanic Verses. He’s also a bit of a pop-culture flirt. Apart from being quite chummy with Bono, the lead singer in the Irish rock band, U2, he was once married to Padma Lakshmi, host of the hit reality TV show Top Chef.

More on the fatwa video game:

The Stressful Life of Salman Rushdie and Implementation of his Verdict is the title of the game being developed by the Islamic Association of Students, a government-sponsored organisation which announced this week it had completed initial phases of production.—

Three years ago, the student association and Iran’s national foundation of computer games asked students across the country to submit scripts for the game and the top three were handed over to video developers. But development of the game was delayed.—

Little has been revealed about the game but its title suggests players will be asked to implement Khomeini’s call for the killing of Rushdie.—

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Ainehi Edoro is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she teaches African literature. She received her doctorate at Duke University. She is the founder and editor of Brittle Paper and series editor of Ohio University Press’s Modern African Writer’s imprint.

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