Fatwa

Fatwa

By BBC Radio 4

The hidden story of the 1989 fatwa issued by Ayatollah Khomeini against Salman Rushdie.

Episodes

10. Postscript

How The Satanic Verses affair affected freedom of speech. This ten-part series tells the hidden story of the 1989 fatwa issued against Salman Rushdie - the forces which led to the death sentence and recent attack on him, and the consequences for all of us. The series covers a 20-year period from 1979 to 1999 and explores race relations in Britain, identity, free speech and the connection between the fatwa and cotemporary violent jihad. It was originally broadcast in 2019.Producer: Chloe Hadjimatheou Presenters: Chloe Hadjimatheou and Mobeen Azhar Editor: Richard Knight
14/02/19·17m 22s

9. I've Got a Problem Here

Violence inspired by the fatwa spreads to Norway, This ten-part series tells the hidden story of the 1989 fatwa issued against Salman Rushdie - the forces which led to the death sentence and recent attack on him, and the consequences for all of us. The series covers a 20-year period from 1979 to 1999 and explores race relations in Britain, identity, free speech and the connection between the fatwa and contemporary violent jihad. It was originally broadcast in 2019.Producer: Chloe Hadjimatheou Presenters: Chloe Hadjimatheou and Mobeen Azhar Editor: Richard Knight
13/02/19·15m 45s

8. The Dentist

How Salman Rushdie publicly reaffirmed his Muslim faith in 1990. This ten-part series tells the hidden story of the 1989 fatwa issued against Sir Salman - the forces which led to the death sentence and recent attack on him, and the consequences for all of us. The series covers a 20-year period from 1979 to 1999 and explores race relations in Britain, identity, free speech and the connection between the fatwa and contemporary violent jihad. It was originally broadcast in 2019.Producer: Chloe Hadjimatheou Presenters: Chloe Hadjimatheou and Mobeen Azhar Editor: Richard Knight
12/02/19·15m 43s

7. The Mullah Boys

How the Rushdie controversy drew some towards violent jihadism. This ten-part series tells the hidden story of the 1989 fatwa issued against Salman Rushdie - the forces which led to the death sentence and recent attack on him, and the consequences for all of us. The series covers a 20-year period from 1979 to 1999 and explores race relations in Britain, identity, free speech and the connection between the fatwa and contemporary violent jihad. It was originally broadcast in 2019.Producer: Chloe Hadjimatheou Presenters: Chloe Hadjimatheou and Mobeen Azhar Editor: Richard Knight
11/02/19·14m 17s

6. Are You With Us?

How The Satanic Verses affair forced individuals to choose a side. This ten-part series tells the hidden story of the 1989 fatwa issued against Salman Rushdie - the forces which led to the death sentence and recent attack on him, and the consequences for all of us. The series covers a 20-year period from 1979 to 1999 and explores race relations in Britain, identity, free speech and the connection between the fatwa and contemporary violent jihad. It was originally broadcast in 2019 and this episode contains strong discriminatory language. Producer: Chloe Hadjimatheou Presenters: Chloe Hadjimatheou and Mobeen Azhar Editor: Richard Knight
10/02/19·14m 17s

5. What’s a Fatwa?

How Salman Rushdie was forced into hiding in 1989. This ten-part series tells the hidden story of the fatwa issued against Salman Rushdie - the forces which led to the death sentence and recent attack on him, and the consequences for all of us. The series covers a 20-year period from 1979 to 1999 and explores race relations in Britain, identity, free speech and the connection between the fatwa and contemporary violent jihad. It was originally broadcast in 2019. The programme contains strong discriminatory language.Producer: Chloe Hadjimatheou Presenters: Chloe Hadjimatheou and Mobeen Azhar Editor: Richard KnightThis episode includes a clip of Salman Rushdie speaking to Channel 4 in 1993.
07/02/19·16m 45s

4. You Heard That Right

Did two British men persuade Ayatollah Khomenei to issue the fateful fatwa? This ten-part series tells the hidden story of the 1989 fatwa issued against Salman Rushdie - the forces which led to the death sentence and the recent attack on him - and the consequences for all of us. The series covers a 20-year period from 1979 to 1999 and explores race relations in Britain, identity, free speech and the connection between the fatwa and contemporary violent jihad. It was originally broadcast in 2019. For more information and other views on the story, producer Chloe Hadjimatheou has written an article for the BBC News website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-62561895Presenters: Chloe Hadjimatheou and Mobeen Azhar Editor: Richard KnightThis episode includes a clip from ‘Oshin’ produced by NHK.
06/02/19·13m 58s

3. It’s Not Easy to Burn a Book

British Muslims protest against the publication of The Satanic Verses. Fatwa is a ten-part series telling the hidden story of the 1989 fatwa issued against Salman Rushdie - the forces which led to the death sentence and the recent attack on him - and the consequences for all of us. The series covers a 20-year period from 1979 to 1999 and explores race relations in Britain, identity, free speech and the connection between the fatwa and contemporary violent jihad. It was originally broadcast in 2019. This episode contains strong discriminatory language.Producer: Chloe Hadjimatheou Presenters: Chloe Hadjimatheou and Mobeen Azhar Editor: Richard Knight
05/02/19·14m 0s

1. Love Thy Neighbour

The hidden story of the 1989 fatwa issued against Salman Rushdie - exploring the forces which led to the death sentence, the recent attack on Sir Salman and the consequences for all of us. The series covers a 20-year period from 1979 to 1999 and explores race relations in Britain, identity, free speech and the connection between the fatwa and contemporary violent jihad. This ten-part series was originally broadcast in 2019 and this episode includes strong discriminatory language. Producer: Chloe Hadjimatheou Presenters: Chloe Hadjimatheou and Mobeen Azhar Editor: Richard KnightThis episode includes clips from Love Thy Neighbour (a Thames Television production for the ITV network) and My Beautiful Laundrette (directed by Stephen Frears, produced by Working Title Films) as well as clips from the BBC’s own archive.
04/02/19·13m 39s

2. Revolutions

Ayatollah Khomeini's rise to power - and the decision to publish The Satanic Verses. Fatwa is a ten-part series telling the hidden story of the 1989 fatwa issued against Salman Rushdie - the forces which led to the death sentence and recent attack on him - and the consequences for all of us. The series covers a 20-year period from 1979 to 1999 and explores race relations in Britain, identity, free speech and the connection between the fatwa and contemporary violent jihad. It was originally broadcast in 2019 and this episode contains strong discriminatory language.Producer: Chloe Hadjimatheou Presenters: Chloe Hadjimatheou and Mobeen Azhar Editor: Richard Knight
04/02/19·14m 10s

Welcome to Fatwa

The hidden story of the 1989 fatwa issued by Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini against Salman Rushdie, focussing not on the writer’s ordeal but on the forces which led to the fatwa and the consequences of it for all of us. The series covers a 20 year period from 1979 to 1999, exploring race relations in Britain, identity, free speech and the connection between the 1989 fatwa and contemporary violent jihad. A gripping story-led 10-part series featuring some extraordinary voices including from often overlooked British communities
30/01/19·2m 8s
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