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Hitoshi Igarashi (五十嵐 一 Igarashi Hitoshi?, 1947—July 11, 1991) was a Japanese scholar of Arabic and Persian literature and history and the Japanese translator of Salman Rushdie's novel The Satanic Verses. He completed his doctoral programme in Islamic art at the University of Tokyo in 1976, and was research fellow at the Royal Academy of Iran until the Islamic Revolution in 1979. After Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa calling for the death of "the author of the Satanic Verses book, which is against Islam, the Prophet and the Qur'an, and all those involved in its publication who are aware of its content…", he was stabbed to death repeatedly in the face and arms by an unknown assailant on July 11, 1991 in his office at the University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki, where he was an associate professor. Ironically he was a Muslim convert who had lived in Iran, and actually believed that Khomeini was justified in issuing the fatwa on Rushdie, but thought that moderate Japanese Muslims could benefit from it. The assailant is suspected of being an Iranian Shiite Muslim who was carrying out the fatwa.