Place of the Sacred

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There has been a heated international debate over Salman Rushdie's book "The Satanic Verses" ever since its publication in 1988. The present work examines the ways in which this affair has developed. From the beginning, one can find strong rhetorical emphases; these are shown to argue for maintenance of meaningful boundaries. The thesis of Kuortti's book is that on each side of the debate, people use similar language to argue for the sanctity of their convictions. This is evident especially in the opposition between the arguments for the sacrality of Islam and literature. In the international exchange, how could we then find more respectful ways of acknowledging that we are not that dissimilar from each other?
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ISBN-13: 9783631319956
ISBN-10: 3631319959
Pagini: 187
Dimensiuni: 210 x 150 x 12 mm
Greutate: 0.25 kg
Editura: Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der W

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The Author: Joel Kuortti works in the Department of English at the University of Tampere. He is at present enjoying an Emil Aaltonen Foundation scholarship, extending his research on Salman Rushdie. Kuortti has recently compiled a bibliography of Rushdie's works and their criticism, The Salman Rushdie Bibliography.


Contents: Place of the Sacred discusses the various sides of the Satanic Verses Affair, looking at the rhetorical aspects of it, especially the use of the term 'sacred' in connection with Islam and literature.