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Saudi Arabia summons Czech ambassador over translated book

The Saudi FM summoned the ambassdor fter a Prague-based publishing house reportedly translated Salman Rushdie’s 'Satanic Verses'

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The Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Czech ambassador to the kingdom after a Prague-based publishing house reportedly translated Salman Rushdie’s “Satanic Verses,” a book deemed offensive to Islam by the kingdom.

The kingdom expressed its hope that the Czech government would conform to Saudi Arabia’s policy of avoiding contempt against religions or their symbols and to work against the publishing of the book, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Rushdie, a Muslim and British citizen who lives in the United States, attracted controversy –and a 1988 fatwa (religious edict) that called for his killing - after his fourth novel, “The Satanic Verses,” was published.