Teacher Guide

The Satanic Verses Lesson Plan

Study Objectives

If all of the elements of this lesson plan are employed, students will develop the following powers, skills, and understanding:

  1. 1

    Students will develop a familiarity with postmodern literature, and understand how this work exemplifies some of its tropes.

  2. 2

    Students will discuss ideas of immigration and "otherness."

  3. 3

    Students will research the history of Islam and explore how Rushdie engages with that history in his novel.

  4. 4

    Students will explore the lasting social implications of the fatwa on Salman Rushdie.

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