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Author Salman Rushdie is perhaps best known for 1988’s The Satanic Verses, which led to death threats and forced him into hiding for many years. The incident a sparked a debate over free speech and religion that the world is having again this week. Rushdie was at the University of Vermont last night to talk about one of his children’s books, but the recent terrorist attacks in Paris also came up.

For nearly a decade, Salman Rushdie lived under the threat of death after the Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwā because of his novel, The Satanic Verses: A Novel.