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By Sara Nelson New York Post, Page 38 Media City column …Author Salman Rushdie can’t seem to stay out of trouble with Islamic fundamentalists. Once the object of a fatwa by the Iranian Ayatollah for the beliefs expressed in his novel, “The Satanic Verses,” Rushdie is now coming under fire in India and Pakistan for an essay he has contributed to a forthcoming book called “XXX: 30 Porn Stars.” A collection of photographs of adult entertainment stars like Jenna Jameson, Ron Jeremy and Nina Hartley shot by portraitist Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, the book also contains essays from thinkers like Nancy Friday and John Malkovich. Rushdie’s piece argues that pornography is particularly popular in Muslim countries because of sex segregation – and goes on to suggest that pornography can be the mark of a healthy society. “It sometimes becomes a kind of standard-bearer for freedom, even civilization,” he writes. The Calcutta Telegraph and The Asia Times have both weighed in on Rushdie’s controversial remarks and suggested that the author is again at risk of fundamentalist censure. A spokesman for Bullfinch Press, which will publish the book in October, says the essay will remain, as is, in the book.

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