Naipaul’s controversial account of his travels through the Islamic world was hailed by The New Republic as “the most notable work on contemporary. Among the Believers is V.S. Naipaul’s classic account of his journeys through Iran, Pakistan, Malaysia, and Indonesia; ‘the believers’ are the. The novelist VS Naipaul has caused an outcry by comparing the in the Muslim world for his books Among the Believers and Beyond Belief.

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Instead of following the wind like a free-spirit Naipaul had meetings, interviews, appointments. I have always believed that, if one wants to learn, one should travel.


VS Naipaul launches attack on Islam

Such a portrayal of the Muslims is regarded as impulsive and intolerant Being a traveler he is unaware of the Pakistani religion and their social and religious norms. Jan 05, Haroon Khalid rated it did not like it. That impression is enhanced by a handful of amlng where characters or information are reproduced from different segments.

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Among the Believers by V. S. Naipaul | : Books

Iran mengundang kembali Ayatollah Khomeini yang sebelum harus mengasingkan diri ke Perancis karena bertentangan pandang dengan rezim Syah.

In addition to that Naipaul makes another careless comment about the gender distinction rampant in Pakistan while talking about a bathing ghat in passing which had separate doors for men and women with symbolic drawings of elephants and swans respectively.

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He questions them pointedly. He concludes that Islam as a form of Government leads to societies and institutions that are feudal in nature and ultimately reliant on the West for technology. His eyes scan the surface, and he does not like what he sees.

Among the Believers : An Islamic Journey

My point is that the book has become part of the history now. He does not explicate beliveers the fact that Islamic banking was an ancient and well developed institution fully capable of functioning. Yes, colonialism had a lot to do with their current conditions. Despite Naipaul’s quite obvious bias, you can almost see the roots of Pakistan’s present-day troubles, at one level, being created on the pages in front of you.

Naipaul meets with the famous Anwar Ibrahimwhen he is a rising star. He’d reached his conclusion before he set out, then went out to prove his point.

Naipaul is anipaul as much vitriolic as repetitive and static in his reporting. His persona yhe a beleaguered and at times impatient interlocutor speaking down to his guides and companions begins to wear thin over the course of the narrative.

His travels take him to Iran, Pakistan, Malaysia and Indonesia beelievers countries with distinctive Islamic traditions, all of them influenced by, but not contained within, the Arab culture in which Islam made its first appearance. As a reader if you have biases against Islam, this is the book for you. It has been translated into German, Italian [2] and Spanish. In Pakistan, the emphasis is both legalistic and utopian: The handful are Iran right in the middle of the revolution and hostage crisisPakistan, Malaysia and Indonesia.


amohg Proyek-proyek yang dulunya dikerjakan oleh perusahaan-perusahaan asing kini mangkrak. In this way and by many others he is trying to portray the image of religious madness that is prevailing in Iranians.

Among the Believers by V. S. Naipaul

Through informal and formal interviews he critically reviewed the belief systems of the people he met, from hired drivers to Ayatollah Khalkhali, an Iranian cleric known for his fondness of execution. Naipaul has used narrative authority and the main purpose of using narrative authority is just toconvince the readers and making the text tne pleasing.

My trouble with the book is its absolute lack of sympathy. However, they had little of their own civilization, in fact nothing but a dream to relive and enact 7th century Arabia. Jun 04, Daniel E.

Secondly, he illustrates Pakistani roads as filled with camel carts and donkeys which do nothing but show the backwardness of the landscape. Naipaul sets out to investigate in his latest book.

He seems to lack the sense of concern, the desire to come to terms with a complex reality, which made India, A Wounded Civilisation so impressive. Naipakl read this book when I was living in the Middle East and it was a refreshing depiction from an outsider of my world at the time, where I had thought everything was okay.