Iran Announces the Salman Rushdie Fatwa Video Game
Novelist Salman Rushdie has so far escaped the decades-old call for his death in the real world, but in the video game universe he may not be so lucky. This week the government-sponsored Iranian Islamic Association of Students announced that a Salman Rushdie computer game is in development.
Not much is yet known about the storyline for the game, but the matter-of-fact title — “The Stressful Life of Salman Rushdie and Implementation of His Verdict” — suggests that players may get to follow through on Ayatollah Khomeini’s 23-year-old call for the author’s head.
Officials are hoping the concept will attract younger Iranians, whom they aim to educate about the “sin” committed by Rushdie — an Indian-born British author who spent years in hiding after being accused of committing blasphemy and profaning the religion of Islam with his 1988 novel The Satanic Verses. Speaking with the semi-official Mehr news agency, student association representative Mohammed-Taqi Fakhrian said, “We felt we should find a way to introduce our third and fourth generation to the fatwa against Salman Rushdie and its importance.”