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5. What’s a Fatwa?

The hidden story of the 1989 fatwa issued by Ayatollah Khomeini against Salman Rushdie and the consequences for all of us.

Fatwa is a ten-part series telling the hidden story of the 1989 fatwa issued against Salman Rushdie - the forces which led to the death sentence and the consequences for all of us. The series covers a 20-year period from 1979 to 1999 and explores race relations in Britain, identity, free speech and the connection between the fatwa and contemporary violent jihad.

Producer: Chloe Hadjimatheou
Presenters: Chloe Hadjimatheou and Mobeen Azhar
Editor: Richard Knight

This episode includes a clip of Salman Rushdie speaking to Channel 4 in 1993.

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14 minutes

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Fri 8 Feb 2019 13:45

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'Salman Rushdie radicalised my generation'

'Salman Rushdie radicalised my generation'

Mobeen Azhar on how the Rushdie fatwa pushed many British Muslims towards political Islam

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