Salman Rushdie Controversy

Author: Cohn-Sherbok, Daniel


"Rabbi Dr. Dan Cohn-Sherbok teaches Jewish theology at the University of Kent, and has drawn together `distinguished Christian, Muslim, Jewish and Hindu thinkers who explore the central issues arising from the Salman Rushdie controversy'. It was a novel and helpful idea to collect responses from a variety of religious traditions to the whole episode. . . . Shabbir Akhtar's dissection of the book and its author carries weight because of its fervency and profound sense of hurt. Bhikhu Parekh's analysis of the responses to the Rushdie affair from both the British press and British Muslims carries real authority for its measured, irenic and perceptive judgments on the inadequacy of all parties to the events. . . . Much the most valuable contribution is that of the Hindu Professor of Political Theory at Hull, Bhiku Parekh, for his incisive delineation of how we all got it wrong." - Crucible

". . . a volume well worth reading and one that challenges some of our most basic assumptions about what it means to be a liberal, secular, pluralistic, and multicultural society." - Journal of Ecumenical Studies