In a Hardtalk Extra interview broadcast on Friday 2nd September, Gavin Esler talks to the controversial novelist Salman Rushdie.
Is Salman Rushdie the right person to call for a Reformation in Islam?
Salman Rushdie is one of the world's most acclaimed novelists - and also, for a time, one of the most despised people on earth.
His book The Satanic Verses offended Muslims worldwide and attracted a death sentence from the Ayatollah Khomeini.
He was forced into hiding for close to a decade. His new book Shalimar the Clown attempts to put the reader into the mind of a terrorist.
He tells Gavin Esler why he now sees the Satanic Verses controversy as a "prologue" to the attacks on September 11th 2001.
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