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Sir Salman: your thoughts
BBC News website readers have been sending in their thoughts on the award of a knighthood to Salman Rushdie.

HAMID YAHYA, KARACHI,PAKISTAN

I have read Mr. Salman's work, and I find it hard to believe that trashy works like the 'Satanic Verses' with a sad, tasteless sense of humour deserve such high honour from the West.

The award has not insulted Islam, but rather worked as a catalyst to bring more people to work for the cause of Islam.

JAMAL, ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN

I think the Rushdie award cannot and should not hurt Islam at all.

Our religion has a very strong and sound background and a single person's viewpoint cannot affect it.

However, Mr. Rushdie is not even close to being a popular writer and knowing his status in the Muslim world, awards like this definitely increases the gap between the West and the Islamic world.

ADELE LEAN, LONDON, UK

I was astonished when I heard he had been knighted.

I'm not a Muslim, in fact I'm agnostic but his book caused such problems and giving him a knighthood may well encourage the terrorists to go a step further in their plot to kill as many innocent people as possible.

Salman Rushdie got his financial reward but why put innocent people's lives at risk?

I think the government's decision on this is very questionable.

TIM DEAN, LONDON, UK

The arts are a very important part of British life.

If the British people choose to honour someone for an original contribution to English literature, that is a matter for the British people alone.

As a nation we place a high value on originality and creativity.

We also value freedom of expression. We are not interested in insulting anyone.

Why would we be?

A JAMALUDIN, KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA

I am so, so, so sick and tired of insecure, scared and apparently "ultra-sensitive" Muslims being "insulted" at the slightest, most innocuous gesture.

Mr. Rushdie's award is an award for Mr. Rushdie. I fail to see how it is an insult to Islam and that it shows "Islamophobia". Such great leaps of logic!

I am a Muslim, but I am quite sure that all these very, very angry Muslims around the world haven't even seen a copy of the Satanic Verses, or any of Mr. Rushdie's other works, let alone read and understand them.

SEAN HAMILTON, UK

Yet again we are being dictated to by the extremists, the knighthood is in recognition of literature and not an insult.

The inflammatory comments made by the Pakistani minister are more worrying and creating a more unstable platform to build relations off.

In short, they should put up and shut up!

CATHY, CALIFORNIA, USA

Salman Rushdie deserves this honour. He is a genius and a great writer.

KATE SCOTT, FORRES, SCOTLAND

In the current environment it is ludicrous of the Queen to make such a controversial knighthood.

Personally I think the whole "knighting" system is a complete anachronism.

Regardless, the Queen should be more sensitive to world affairs without provoking what is already a tense atmosphere.

KHALED QUADERI, RHODE ISLAND, USA

I don't understand what the uproar is all about. Of what value is a "knighthood" anyway?

It's just another useless English institution.

ZAHEER, TURKEY

I am agnostic, born into a moderate Islamic family.

I think the knighthood in the current climate sends out the wrong idea, and the book in question certainly did over step the mark.

BASHRAT HUSSAIN, BIRMINGHAM, UK

This is the last gift of the Blair government to the Muslims of Britain.

On the one hand, Blair says the moderate Muslims must come out against terrorism and be counted and on the other honours those that insult Muslims and their religion with one of the most prestigious awards in the world.

The title should be withdrawn from Rushdie, as was the case of withdrawing the award of the boxer Prince Naseem.


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