Salman Rushdie wrote this book, causing controversy among religious people.
I know nothing of Islam. My interest in the book is in the book itself. I first read it about 5 or 6 years ago. I didn't understand any of it and gave it to Goodwill. I bought it again a couple of years ago and still didn't get it. I am now reading it for the third time and I am now at least making associations between characters and discovering patterns. I am picking up on layers of realities and able to learn more about metaphysics that way.
In a subtle way, my life is just as mixed up at the characters in this book; and I need to admit how my life is influenced by others both past and present.