The Salman Rushdie fatwa has been turned into a video game.
The fatwa calling for the death of Salman Rushdie, author of The Satanic Verses, is being turned into a video game by the government-sponsored Islamic Association of Students, The Guardian reports.
The Stressful Life of Salman Rushdie and Implementation of his Verdict was revealed today at the Tehran Games Expo. The game aims to "warn" younger Muslim generations of Rushdie's religiously-charged writing and subsequent fatwa issued for blasphemy against Islam by Islamic Republic founder Ayatollah Khomeini.
Three years ago, the Islamic Association of Students and Iran's National Foundation of Computer Games called for submissions of scripts based on the Rushdie events. The top three were selected for development.
The game is currently delayed due to technical difficulties. "We usually don't have any problems with initial thoughts and ideas [for a computer games] but when it comes to the actual point of production we experience delays," said ISA director Ahmad Khalili.
While few details are known about the game, the titular "verdict" of the game is likely killing Rushdie. The Satanic Verses provoked criticism from the Iranian government for what they perceived as blasphemous references to the life of Muslim figure Muhammad. The accusations lead to Khomeini, the then-leader of Iran, issuing the fatwa calling for Rushdie's execution, which is still in effect.