Is the Yusuf Islam awarded a degree by Exeter University for his 'humanitarian work and improving understanding between Islamic and western cultures' the one who, upon the publication of 'Satanic Verses', rather than go to a demonstration to burn an effigy of the author Salman Rushdie, said ''I would have hoped that it'd be the real thing.''?
The one who also said that if Mr. Rushdie turned up at his doorstep looking for help, ''I might ring somebody who might do more damage to him than he would like.''?
If so, has he since recanted? If not, on what specific grounds does Exeter University justify the award?
He made lovely records as well.