I was recently interviewed by Faculti, a superb website that publishes videos of authors and academics talking about their work. I discussed my book From Fatwa to Jihad: The Rushdie Affair and its Legacy.
Here are the two recordings from the Faculti interview. The first is a reading from the final section of From Fatwa to Jihad in which I argue that The Satanic Verses is not as most people imagine it to be; Salman Rushdie’s novel is not a critique of Islam as such but a dissection of the ways in which both religions and secular societies conjure up angels and devils as a way of demonizing the Other. The second is a short film about the themes and arguments of From Fatwa to Jihad. At a time of renewed controversy about ‘offensiveness’, and when discussions of free speech, Islam, and Islamophobia seem always but a headline away, the themes of the book, and the exploration of the creation of angels and devils, of myths and monsters, seem all too relevant.