authors | November 29, 2012

Salman Rushdie: One Of Foreign Policy's Top 100 Global Thinkers

Foreign Policy has just released their list of 2012's Top 100 Global Thinkers—and four of our speakers have made the list! Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson, Jonathan Haidt, and Salman Rushdie have landed in this year's group. It's no surprise Rushdie was selected. One of the most influential authors in the world, Rushdie's memoir, Joseph Anton, was released this year to wide critical acclaim. Here's Foreign Policy on Rushdie:

More than two decades before U.S. embassies throughout the Middle East were overrun by rioters angry about a crude anti-Islamic video and more than a decade before the 9/11 attacks, Salman Rushdie received the phone call that changed his life forever when a BBC reporter asked him, "How does it feel to know that you have just been sentenced to death by Ayatollah Khomeini?"

This year saw the release of Rushdie's astonishingly well-timed memoir, Joseph Anton, which describes his life in hiding after the 1989 fatwa condemning him to death for The Satanic Verses, a book that fundamentalists deemed offensive to the Prophet Mohammed.

Through it all, Rushdie has continued to make a powerfully personal case for freedom of expression, writing that the fatwa was "a violent attack not on the novel in general, or on free speech per se, but on a particular accumulation of words, and on the intentions and integrity and ability of the writer who had put those words together."

Rushdie's selection to the list only solidifies what the world over already knows—that he is one of the greatest writers of our time.