Saturday, March 29, 2008
THE "SATANIC VERSES" BECOMES A PLAY
Potsdam, Germany - A Muslim leader in Germany called Friday for calm before the premiere near Berlin of a stage play based on The Satanic Verses, the controversial novel by Indian-born author Salman Rushdie. Though Rushdie's content was "insulting" to Islam, "despite the common misconception, the majority of the world's Muslims have rejected censorship," said Aiman Mazyek, general secretary of the Central Council of Muslims.
The stage adaptation is to premiere on Sunday at the Hans Otto Theatre, known by the acronym HOT, in the city of Potsdam, south-west of Berlin. The script is by two Germans, Uwe Eric Laufenberg and Marcus Mislin, and is based on Rushdie's 1988 novel.
Germans have shown only slight interest in Rushdie's theme, the lives of Indian expatriates in contemporary England, but have been fascinated by the scandal over the book and threats to assassinate the author in revenge for passages portraying the Prophet Mohammed.