Publication of Salman Rushdie’s fourth novel, The Satanic Verses (1988), caused quite a stir. The book received mostly positive reviews when published in the UK, but was quickly denounced by many Muslims as blasphemy and even resulted in a call for Rushdie’s death by the Ayatollah Khomeini. Daglier (postdoctoral fellow, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Univ. of Hong Kong) provides a detailed analysis of the work, reviewing not the book's quality as literature (he says it has “limited artistic appeal,” p. 6) but rather its significance as an analysis of religion, especially Islam. Others have focused on censorship attempts or controversies surrounding publication of The Satanic Verses. . . but have not offered in-depth of analysis of the text as religious commentary. One of the most impressive features of this volume is its extensive list of citations—similar to what one might find in a legal treatise. . . it will be requisite scholarship for a select group. Summing Up: Essential. Graduate students, researchers, faculty.