Re: Satanic Verses
- IN_DKNY:<br><br> You said "I feel bad that the
text of the novel seemed to drop right out of the
worldwide discourse towards the nineties"<br><br> Indeed!!!
I would argue that Rushdie's opponents NEVER really
engaged in meaningful discourse in the Eighties or
Nineties. And 'fuel to the fire' it was! Fire is what the
militant Islamic opposition wanted then, and many still
want to this day. If Rushdie's opponents had truly
READ the novel and sought out Rushdie's message and
the themes of the novel, some level of UNDERSTANDING
would certainly have resulted. But you see,
Understanding is a philosophical and spiritual goal, and the
militantly religious have no interest in true spirituality
or spiritual/philosophical goals. I would argue that
MOST "religious" people (at least in the organized
religions of the West) lack such interest as well. <br><br>
Yes, It is hard for us in the USA to feel the true
heat of the controversy, for we are so far removed
(culturally and geographically.) But the essence of the
controversy can still be observed right here in the USA. Try
this exercise: simply ask a devout Christian what they
think of the novel, what they�ve been taught, what
their interpretation is, etc. Now, you probably won�t
observe the level of disdain or opposition or concern
that you may (and I emphasize the word �may�) from
many Muslims, but I bet you get some strong words and
grave misconceptions about the book. <br><br>When my
girlfriend was a young teen, she had a Priest from her
church teaching kids that the book "The Satanic Verses"
was a sort of bible written for Satan worshipers!!!
Ah, how nice it is to know that unbridled ignorance
is alive an well in our own culture! Just last night
I asked a friend what he had heard about the book,
and he told me that everything he had heard was
consistently NEGATIVE. Hmmm, interesting. <br><br> Anyway, I
sure do wish we had some more input on this subject.
Perhaps as time goes on and our numbers increase, more
discussion shall arise. Ah, but the discourse is meaningful
already...<br>p e a c e<br>mf<br>3~<br>.
- I will keep my eyes open for your suggested
title. With the controversy over The Satanic Verses we
heard that Christianity hasn't been maligned in novels,
and if it were, Christians would be very vocal in
protesting such a novel.<br><br><br>Not Wanted On the Voyage
by Timothey Findlay is quite the version of Noah's
Ark, and although I'm not a Christian, I kept glancing
over my shoulder, on the look out for lightening bolts
all the time I was reading it. (It is a brilliant
book.)<br><br>I'm reading a John Updike novel now, "Toward the End
of Time", seemingly written around the same time as
The Satanic Verses, although the copyright date is
1997. Updike's main character also moves through time,
and becomes a main character in Biblical stories.
Updike's work has a theological approach as well, and he
also questions accepted dogma. <br><br><br>I haven't
finished it yet, but I wonder if anyone else in this
discussion group has read it, and seen a similarity.
<br><br> How does Milan Kundera react to these "profane"