The Internalisation of the Fatwa

Tamara Cincik, a White female, was kicked and threatened while travelling on a busy Tube carriage to a business meeting in central London. The mother-of-one told MailOnline, children were crying as the agitated man squared up to her and started violently attacking her in the middle of the carriage. The fashion CEO is keen to stress she does not blame this man, who she describes as being 6ft tall and of Southeast Asian descent. She said she believes he needs medical help.Ms Cincik said: “I remain more angry with those white middle class men who left me to it. As fathers, husbands and sons they should be ashamed of themselves.” [Katie French (2018), MailOnline
Let’s recap: a White woman was attacked by a Brown man but blamed two innocent White men instead.
When Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa against Salman Rushdie in 1989, he didn’t want only the author of The Satanic Verses killed. He pronounced that: “All those involved in its publication who were aware of its contents are sentenced to death.” Kenan Malik in From Fatwa to Jihad (2009) describes the internalisation of the fatwa as a period in which even though the Ayatollah’s specific wish was not carried out, his wider object most certainly was. The claim at the heart of the anti-Rushdie campaign, that it is morally wrong to offend deeply held religious sensibilities, has become incorporated into mainstream liberal thinking: from publishing to academia, from broadcasting to theatre, there is a great reluctance to give offence and explicit calls to ban books and plays are frequently made.
Tamara Cincik has internalised the fatwa. She was told to hate White people. Specially the White Man. So everything that happens in the world must conform with those axioms. There is no objective Truth.

Leave a Reply