Indian origin author Salman Rushdie received a knighthood for services to literature from Britain`s Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday, saying he was proud of the honour and had `no regrets` over the controversy sparked by his work.
Sir Salman, as the Anglo-Indian writer will now be known, said the knighthood was in recognition `not for any specific book but for a very long career in writing and I`m happy to see it recognized.`
Rushdie, 61, enraged opinion in the Muslim world with his 1988 novel `The Satanic Verses,` which was considered blasphemous against Islam by Iran and made him the subject of a fatwa of death sentence by the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
Announcement of the British honour for Rushdie a year ago sparked worldwide protests in Muslim countries and caused considerable diplomatic tension between Britain and Pakistan.
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Image: British author Salman Rushdie is seen after receiving his Knighthood from Britain`s Queen Elizabeth II during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London on Wednesday June 25, 2008.