BERLIN: British author Salman Rushdie said the West had failed to grasp the extent to which Islamic extremism was rooted in men's fear of women's sexuality, in an interview to be published Thursday.
Why is this man smiling? A picture taken 16 May 2004 shows British-Indian author Salman Rushdie and his wife Padma Lakshmi arriving for the projection of a movie at the Cannes Film Festival. Rushdie said the West has failed to grasp how much of Islamic terror is rooted in men's fear of women's sexuality, in an interview to be published 19 January 2006 in German magazine "Stern". AFP PHOTO/BORIS HORVAT
Rushdie told German weekly magazine Stern that his latest novel, "Shalimar the Clown," dealt with the deep anxiety felt among many Islamic men about female sexual freedom and lost honor.
When asked if the book drew a link between "Islamic terror and damaged male honor," Rushdie said he saw it as a crucial, and often overlooked, point. "The Western-Christian world view deals with the issues of guilt and salvation, a concept that is completely unimportant in the East because there is no original sin and no savior," the author said, in comments printed in German.
"Instead, great importance is given to 'honor.' I consider that to be problematic. But of course it is underestimated how many Islamists consciously or unconsciously attempt to restore lost honor."
When asked why he probed the issues in his new novel in the context of a love triangle, he said: "It has a lot to do with sexual fear of women."
Rushdie, 58, said that much of the anger toward the West was provoked by that split on sexual issues. (cont'd),
Actually, now that I think about it . . . the link between a fear of womens' sexuality and terrorism really does makes a lot of sense.
It explains a lot about Muslims' often bizarre and strangely violent behaviour ("suicide bombings"; decapitations; beheadings; stoning to death; "female genital mutilation"; "honor killings"; pederasty . . . some really weird and perversely violent behaviors that are not all that unusual in Muslim countries).
Rushdie's ideas are a significant start toward understanding these strange behaviours.
I think this is a subject that really needs to be explored more. Why it has not escapes me.
My thoughts are considering how fanatical this religion is, and not to get too graphic, masturbation is probably very severely prohibited.
This being the case, the concepts of 72 Virgins in Heaven and veiled women certainly makes sense. And those women that are not veiled or dress in a western fashion who are then raped by ME men, surely "had it coming" because the men were provoked. ie - Australia
The concept of "blue balls" would surely apply. I know I would definitley be on edge about any and all things. But especially sex!
Good old Salmon Rushdie, he is always way ahead of the curve.
Maybe someone might have some feedback on the "official" policy of the Koran whether masturbation is prohibited in Islam.
In the meantime, how about a cartoon of a ME guy with big blue balls with sweat on his forehead and a look of real frustration on his face?? Now that would be funny! :)
By the way, how did Salmon score such a hot chick? What a babe!!
Maybe she could be our next Infidel Babe of the Week. And maybe get Salmon to come and visit us at the IBA blog and say hi!! :)
Look at that satisfied smile on his face . . . hehehe
I think many women have always been impressed by celebrities-- movies actors, sports heroes, rock stars, etc. Also, novelists really impress them. (I guess I should try writing a novel. Maybe that would work. Even though I have no writing skills... from the looks of that photo ...its worth a shot! Yup, I really must begin a novel! lol :)
Yes, I think you are correct, JMJ. She should be an Infidel Babe of the Week. I'll get to work on that.
No way, I'm the next infidel babe of the week. Or use my shot of my Ann Coulter doll from my other blog Strange Girl...jeez, how I cracked up shooting that photo and the Aragorn action photo! When you don't know how to use REAL photos from the web, do the next best thing. Be silly with action figures.
Has this topic really not been discussed at length? It has long fascinated me, this so called "bedouin code" of honor that permeated the urban arabs and was passed on throughout all things islamic. The loss of face and of percieved honor is so ingrained as to cause these constant calls to reconquer Israel and Spain both, as these now non-muslim held lands are now seen as a slap in the face of the honor of the umma.
This of course applies to women as well. And, of course, when your own culture is already down, who do the most powerful pick on but the weaker elements of their society? And women have been written into that role since before muhammad (peace be not upon him), I'd say.
This is too ingrained for any Westerner to even try to identify with. We can only study and try to understand. And keep watching our backs.
Your advertising and PR skills for this blog are unequaled!!
All the rest of us just want to see more pictures of this Infidel Babe!! :)
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