Surprisingly, none of them were named Muhammad, the most famous Muslim name and currently the most popular name in the world. It's so common around here that if you don't know someone and want to get their attention it's common just to shout out "Hamed!" (short for Muhammad).. as if you can just safely assume that there's a good chance that's what his name is. If I had been told this before coming here I would have assumed it was an insult or put-down, but I've seen for myself it's actually true.
Overall, a very good quiz
The thing i don't get with that book: maybe it didn't translate to Arabic too well, and thus the outrage. It was a bloody hard read in English, so i can't imagine how it went.
But ok, so people are offended. But the way in which the story is told, it portrays Muhammed and Islam in an overall positive light.
It got me interested in the story of Muhammed, triggered an interest in the history of Islam as whole.
I'm not convinced that Khomeini or his advisers actually read the book, rather they just took excerpts out of context and got offended.
Rushdie was definitely stirring the pot with it though. I just don't think he expected to stir it that much. That's what you get for being clever Sal.
As for the Satanic Verses, I'm quite sure 99% of those calling for Rushdie's death never read it. That's usually not how those things work. The sort of people who enthusiastically get behind calls for murder against someone for insulting a known rapist/thug/war criminal/pedophile are not usually the sort given to thoughtful literary criticism.