The wife of author Salman Rushdie, whose novel offended many Muslims and forced him into hiding, said she is seeking a divorce because of "ideological differences" with her husband, a newspaper reported Sunday.
American writer Marianne Wiggins married Rushdie in January 1988, 13 months before they were forced into seclusion by a death threat from Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.He called for Muslims to kill Rushdie for his book "The Satanic Verses." Some Muslims say the novel blasphemes the Islamic faith.
Khomeini died in June 1989, but later Iranian leaders say the "fatwah," or death order, still stands.
The weekly London newspaper The Sunday Times on Sunday quoted Wiggins, 43, as saying of her husband: "The last conversation I had with him was on Feb. 14 when I rang him just to recognize the passing of the anniversary of the fatwah."
In August 1989, Wiggins issued a statement saying she and her husband had separated a month earlier.
"The divorce will be uncontested on the grounds of separation," the Sunday Times reported on its interview with Wiggins. "There will be no financial settlement, since there are no children from the marriage and, as a feminist, Wiggins does not believe in being supported by an ex-husband. She described the reasons for the divorce as `ideological differences.' "
The paper gave no other details, but the newspaper quoted her as saying: "The great fallacy he committed was to think he was the issue. He never was. The issues were free expression and the racist society in Great Britain, and he did not come forward and speak. What he's been speaking for during the past two years is Salman Rushdie's career."
The paper said Rushdie, 43, was told of the content of Wiggins' interview but chose not to comment.