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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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Secondly, he illustrates Pakistani roads as filled with camel carts and donkeys which do nothing but show the backwardness of the landscape.

Ayatollah Sadegh Khalkhali is interviewed. He, after all, is the one who got to choose which parts of their interviews got published. One would never know to read it that the formation of autocratic states throughout the Muslim world occurred in relationship to a host of external pressures and factors, not the least of which being repeated intrusion of the most ignominious sort from the West. I have to say, for a guy who grew up in a colonial system, fs barely related to these people he meets in Iran, Pakistan, Malaysia, and Indonesia as they all try to find meaning in a post-colonial existence.

Among the Believers : An Islamic Journey

Nusrat was a journalist on the Morning News. Naipaul sets out to investigate in his latest book. Other people in spiritually barren lands will continue to produce the equipment the doctor is proud of possessing and the medical journals he is proud of reading. This is not classic travel narrative.

There are no people in this book, simply caricatures illustrating the point. I mean, he mentions people like Qutb once, but makes it quite clear he never read him. After the book’s publication, Naipaul was awarded the Jerusalem Prize.

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This technique plays an important role in the strengthening of stereotypical images of East and Muslim world. If you expect to find the book’s Pakistan you’d be astonished to discover that the country has changed a lot.


Critics of Naipaul have picked up on his sweeping generalisations. Despite the example of Pakistan, where citizens scheme and lineup to leave, most believe that once a true Islamic state is achieved everything will work out. The gender issue is the most obvious example of the disconnect in Islamic culture. Dec 26, Ushan rated it really liked it. Islamhe claimed, had both enslaved and attempted to wipe out other cultures.

Iran mengundang kembali Ayatollah Khomeini yang sebelum harus mengasingkan diri ke Perancis karena bertentangan pandang dengan rezim Syah. Read it for the prose; because this side of Hemingway, you’d not have seen it put to better use.

View all 4 comments. Mar 18, Wawan rated it really liked it. Sir Vidia, born in Trinidad of Indian parentage, who travelled extensively in the Muslim world for his books Among the Believers and Beyond Belief, launched his attack after a reading of his new book, Half a Life, at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London.

Visiting Iran in the aftermath of Ayatollah Khomeini’s seizure of power, he encounters and speaks with only zealots and petty bureaucrats, and one would hardly think there was anything more to the story. At 17, he won a Trinidad Government scholarshi Naipaul was born and raised in Trinidad, to which his grandfathers had emigrated from India as indentured servants.

He was in his late twenties, small and carefully dressed, handsome, with a well-barbered head of hair. He uses his strategies in such an intelligent way that even the negative aspects of a society is shown in a very convincing way and the reader feels pity for it.

To show the Englishmen and their language superior Naipaul has also exaggerated the fact that Agha Babur thought highly of English language. Naipal begins his journey in Iran, just after the its revolution. His interest was inspired by the events in Iran, as viewed on a TV screen in Connecticut. It is hard to believe that a writer can be so ignorant of a society he is writing about.


The other is the view that an Islamic state is perfect.

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

Among the Believers is the account of Naipaul’s travels through four muslim countries in the early 80s. It was famous for its woodcarving.

Apr 02, Barnaby Thieme rated it it was ok Shelves: The theocratic utopia remained an aspiration.

Jinnah, pendiri negara Islam Pakistan. So that’s where the two stars come from He observed very tge every aspect of others culture and analyzed them in a very specific tone that reader accepts that aspects as a reality and cannot help themselves to escape from his strategies that he used in maipaul to convinced his readers. Naipaul comes to expressing warmth for someone is when he narrates his encounter with the Indonesian poet Sitor Situmorang, and that’s a part of the book that seems independent from the rest of the work.

There is a fundamentalist sv with the Koran as vd source of all knowledge and the guide to proper living-people seem to have lost their own capacity for critical and reflective thought. He went, he wrote, “in order at last to write It is evident in this line. Islamic Excursions among the Converted Peoples. I particularly read the part of the book about Pakistan with interest because this is where I live.

Views Read Edit View history. Islam is part of his lifestyle, but not the key to his identity.

Mar 11, Muhammad Ahmad rated it liked beliveers Shelves: Naipaul came up with such judgments while they stopped by an Afghan nomad and women of the tribe were fixing a tent. Preview — Among the Believers by V.

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