Reasons for banning

Banned in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Somalia, Sudan, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Quatar, Indonesia, South Africa, and India because of its criticism of Islam.
 
Ayatollah Khomeni issued a fatwa or religious edict, stating,
I would like to inform all the intrepid Muslims in the world that the author of the book
entitled 'Satanic Verses'. . . as well as those publishers who were aware of its contents, are hereby sentenced to death. I call on all zealous Moslems to execute them quickly, wherever they find them, so that no one will dare to insult Islamic sanctity. Whoever is killed doing this will be regarded as a martyr and will go directly to heaven. (Tristam)
Challenged at the Wichita, KS Public Library (1989)because the book is "blasphemous to the prophet Mohammed."

In Venezuela, owning or reading it was declared a crime under penalty of 15 months' imprisonment.

In Japan, the sale of the English-language edition was banned under the threat of fines.
The governments of Bulgaria and Poland also restricted its distribution.

Barnes & Noble and B. Dalton pulled The Satanic Verses from the shelves (Koen, 1989).  Two weeks later, it was placed back on the shelves (Richter, 1989).
 
 

Banned and/or Challenged Books from the Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century. 2010. 12 December 2010 <http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/frequentlychallenged/challengedclassics/reasonsbanned/index.cfm>.

Koen, David. Phoenix New Times. 22 February 1989. 12 December 2010 <http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/1989-02-22/music/chain-reaction/>.

Richter, Paul. The furor over 'Satanic Verses' has revived debate on book publishing and distribution. 24 February 1989. 12 December 2010 <http://articles.latimes.com/1989-02-24/business/fi-233_1_satanic-verses>.

Tristam, Pierre. Ayatollah Khomeini's 1989 Fatwa on Salman Rushdie Over "The Satanic Verses". 11 December 2010 http://middleeast.about.com/od/religionsectarianism/qt/me081002.htm.

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