HON293C: Literary Scandals and Controversies

An archived version of a 2007 NCSU course blog

Rushdie Affair

(Small question) Rushdie is consistently crude towards different races and religions. On Page 47, Pipes states, “Rushdie takes particular delight in insulting political leaders.” To go along with an earlier web blog question, what are the limitations in the freedom of speech? How is he able to blatantly insult so many people?
(Main question) Pipes explains the riots and attacks that took place in Pakistan, but was only able to give stipulations for why this event took place. He mentions that the “violence may have been directed toward those in the opposition who wanted to exploit the opportunity to attack Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.” Who was Benazir Bhutto and why were Rushdie and Bhutto long-standing political opponents?

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