An extract from the guardian commentary. John Sutherland emeritus professor of literature said "It's astonishing that Tony Blair, among others, has been so reluctant to be seen shaking Rushdie's hand, and here he is getting a knighthood from the Queen," <...> "Public figures have been very, very reluctant to support Rushdie, particularly when he was under direct threat of assassination. It's a brave and entirely commendable decision by the people who advise the Queen - I would be curious to know if the recommendation came directly from Downing Street, though." The perhaps predicable response: "TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran accused Britain on Sunday of insulting Islam by awarding a knighthood to Salman Rushdie, whose novel "The Satanic Verses" prompted the late Iranian Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to issue a fatwa death warrant for him. <...> Spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini said "Honouring and commending an apostate and hated figure will definitely put the British officials (in a position) of confrontation with Islamic societies," <...> "This act shows that insulting Islamic sacred (values) is not accidental. It is planned, organised, guided and supported by some Western countries," he told a regular briefing. <..> Hosseini said: "Giving a badge to one of the most hated figures in Islamic society is ... an obvious example of fighting against Islam by high-ranking British officials." Iran condemns knighthood for author Rushdie - Yahoo! News UK To my shame, I've not read any of his work but I assume some here have and so may be able to comment on the merits (or not) of this award, and/or the merits of Tehran's response.