Atlantic Books 2009
by Kenan Malik
From Fatwa To Jihad is Kenan Malik’s latest book, released to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the Fatwa placed on Rushdie. In his analysis Malik documents the events surrounding the Bradford protests, the Fatwa, the riots in India and the government and media response. Malik also explores the life of immigration from the Indian subcontinent to Britain and how that has shaped modern British-Asian identity. He also documents and critiques the rise of state multiculturalism and the long term effects on cities like Birmingham. Coupled with an analysis of the culture of self-censorship and fear of today’s media, the book neatly ties up a wide range of subjects into an account of how and why the shadow of the Fatwa still hangs over us.