'Something's wrong at heart of Islam' - TOI Mobile | The Times of India Mobile Site PARIS: Author Salman Rushdie, who lived in hiding for nine years under a death sentence from Iran's supreme leader, told Le Monde in an interview published on Thursday that something had gone wrong at the heart of Islam. "Something has gone wrong at the heart of Islam. It is quite recent. I remember when I was young, many cities in the Muslim world were cosmopolitan cities with a lot of culture," he said. "It is a tragedy that this culture has regressed to this point, like a self-inflicted wound. The Islam in which I grew up was open, influenced by Sufism and Hinduism, and not like the one which is spreading rapidly at the moment." "There is a limit beyond which you cannot blame the West any more," he said.