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Motive for Rushdie Award Unclear

Last week Salman Rushdie was awarded an honorary visiting professorship. Reason: unknown, at least to me. If this action was taken to defend his life as an individual, it could have been done with objectivity. It was simply possible to explain the administration's opinion to the press and media without degrading the value of an honorary title. I am very curious about his contribution to world literature as an author. Did his contribution to literature deserve this honor? Was he given this honor just for political considerations? Would administration consider to give an honorary title to the director of the movie "The Last Temptation of Christ" because his life was also threatened by some groups within the United States? These are some of the basic questions in my mind that do not have clear answers yet.

S. Sinan Keskin G