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The Satanic Verses | Chapter Summaries

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Timeline of Events

  • Around New Year's Day

    Terrorists set off explosives on Flight 420.

    Part 1, Chapter 4
  • Immediately

    Saladin Chamcha and Gibreel Farishta fall from the plane.

    Part 1, Chapter 1
  • Meanwhile

    Gibreel dreams of Mahound.

    Part 2
  • Later that day

    Saladin is arrested and mistreated.

    Part 3, Chapter 3
  • A week later

    Saladin walks in on his wife having sex with Jumpy Joshi.

    Part 3, Chapter 4
  • Around the same time

    Gibreel travels to London, where he becomes lost and faints.

    Part 3, Chapter 5
  • Meanwhile

    Gibreel dreams of two different women named Ayesha.

    Part 4
  • A short time later

    Gibreel again becomes lost in London and faints.

    Part 5, Chapter 2
  • Meanwhile

    Gibreel dreams again of Mahound.

    Part 6
  • That summer

    Gibreel and Saladin meet at a party.

    Part 7, Chapter 2
  • After the party

    Saladin's cruel prank causes Gibreel and Allie to break up.

    Part 7, Chapter 2
  • After the breakup

    Gibreel wanders the city as rioting erupts, blowing a trumpet.

    Part 7, Chapter 3
  • That same night

    Gibreel saves Saladin from a fire.

    Part 7, Chapter 3
  • Meanwhile

    Gibreel dreams of Ayesha of Titlipur leading people into the sea.

    Part 8
  • 18 months later

    Saladin's father dies.

    Part 9, Chapter 1
  • Around the same time

    Gibreel goes on a murderous rampage, then kills himself.

    Part 9, Chapter 1

Chapter Summaries Chart

Chapter Summary
Part 1, Chapter 1 The novel opens "just before dawn one winter's morning, New Year's Day or thereabouts," as Gibreel Farishta, a Bollywood... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 2 Gibreel, the narrator explains, was always interested in reincarnation. Before the incident aboard Flight 420, he had ha... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 3 Saladin Chamcha crosses his fingers for good luck as Flight 420 takes off. He wears an expression of "alert contempt" an... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 4 On Flight 420, Saladin notices that a woman on the plane looks a great deal like the woman from one of his dreams—a nigh... Read More
Part 2 As Gibreel falls, he has visions. He sees Shaitan (Satan) cast out of heaven, and Hagar the Egyptian and her son abandon... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 1 Rosa Diamond, 88 years old, thinks she sees William the Conqueror arriving on shore near her home. But it is really Gibr... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 2 Gibreel is trapped in a dreamlike trance as the police leave, and this condition persists as Rosa begins to tell him sto... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 3 In their police van, the policemen and immigration officers strip Saladin of his pajamas and find that his lower half is... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 4 Saladin's college friend, Jumpy Joshi, is revealed as the man who answered Pamela Chamcha's phone. Joshi had recognized ... Read More
Part 3, Chapter 5 On a train to London, Gibreel is again seized by the fear that God is punishing him for losing his faith. Feeling unmoor... Read More
Part 4 Gibreel's dream takes him to the home of an Imam living in exile in London. On the Imam's wall hangs a portrait of a wom... Read More
Part 5, Chapter 1 In London, Jumpy Joshi takes Saladin to see Muhammad Sufyan, owner of the Shaandaar Café. The commotion wakes up the fam... Read More
Part 5, Chapter 2 Alleluia Cone, the daughter of Polish immigrants, Otto and Alicia Cone, is surprised when Gibreel suddenly turns up on t... Read More
Part 6 Gibreel dreams of Jahilia a quarter of a century later (than Part 2 of the novel). Jahilia and its inhabitants (exceptin... Read More
Part 7, Chapter 1 Saladin, having recently regained human form, reflects on love and London. He recalls a recurring dream in which he help... Read More
Part 7, Chapter 2 Billy Battuta and Mimi Mamoulian, recently returned to London after their arrest in New York, have a party. Both Saladin... Read More
Part 7, Chapter 3 Dr. Uhuru Simba dies suspiciously in police custody, although the official story is he fell off his bed and broke his ne... Read More
Part 8 Silver-haired Ayesha leads the pilgrims away from Titilpur on foot. They are surrounded by butterflies and followed (in ... Read More
Part 9, Chapter 1 Eighteen months have passed since the fire at the Shaandaar Café. Saladin receives word that his father is dying of canc... Read More
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