Notes for Salman Rushdie: The Satanic Verses

Selected sources

I have drawn on these books and articles in creating these notes. However, this is far from being a comprehensive bibliography of scholarship on The Satanic Verses, nor is it intended to be a list of the best sources. Rather it consists primarily of sources which provided assistance in tracking down allusions in the novel. Many fine interpretive articles and books are not listed.

Unfortunately I cannot cite some of my most useful sources, since they involved personal communication with persons who did not wish to be cited by name. However, out of many others I am happy to thank Massud Alemi, Martine Dutheil, Paul Harmer, Azfar Hussain, Suzanne Keene, Joel Kuortti, Sudhakar Chandrasekhara, Ina Westphal, Mel Wiebe, David Windsor and James Woolley for identifying various references.

Special thanks are due to Salman Rushdie, who kindly answered some particularly knotty questions and made a number of helpful suggestions about this project. His contributions are marked "personal communication from Salman Rushdie." This statement should not, however, be taken to imply his endorsement of this site either in its entirety or in detail.


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