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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By all imageries he depicts the negative picture of the third world countries. In Iran he is understandably nervous about his origins. But there’s very little description or sense of landscape here, no colorful characters appear to relieve the considerable tension.

His interest was inspired by the events in Iran, as viewed on a TV screen in Connecticut. I have to say, for a guy believsrs grew up in a colonial system, he 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.

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He gave minute description of everything and he keenly observes hissurroundings and by giving the minute description. Islamic Excursions among the Converted Peoples. He meet poets in Jakarta and he make a trip to visit the Koranic schools, called pesantren.

Naipaul mengunjungi kota suci Qom, pusat pembelajaran Syiah di dunia. Feb 08, S. Feb 07, Scott Ford rated it really liked it Shelves: This infuriated the caliphs and thus he orders to kill Bin Qasim. He takes on a satirical tone as he talks about the horrors such politicization of Islam brought for Pakistan.


Among the Believers : An Islamic Journey

While I enjoyed the book and his insights I felt that it was lacking in some aspects. The main aspects in his writing are portrayal of Islam, strengthening the stereotypical images of Islam, representation of natives, the effect of land on human beings, place of women in Islamic society, the loss of identity in natives and through this travelogue, one can feel his biasedness when he comes to give views of natives without justification and compare Iran with India.

No trivia or quizzes yet. It comes across as someone who already has made up his mind and then explored the world to justify their assumptions.

In chapter 1, Death Pact of his journey to Iran, he says: This, in spite of the claims by those he meets and talks to, that Islam is a complete social system that has failed only because of men and not for any fundamental flaw in and of itself.

It is a despised place of indulgence and evil and a preferred place for an education, trustworthy medicine, consumer products and residence. He portrays natives as irrational, illogic, lazy, unpunctual and extremist.

One of its spiritual leaders the poet Iqbal, d. People he talks to are challenged and the words they fight back with aren’t fuelled by a scolar’s education, as Naipaul’s are. Yet there is something quite refreshing about a writer who can be so oblivious to reader amony, so indifferent to the demands of amonf correctness. As helievers intellectuals nwipaul secularists, who were being executed by the tens of thousands in the dawn of the new regime, would simply disclose their misgivings and criticisms to a travel writer who passed through their land for a week.


And he only came back from the North to Punjab to find something about Raiwand and Ahmadis in Rabwah, amid salt hills of Punjab. Although the two may conflict at the intellectual and political level for example, within the ranks of the Palestinian national movement at hhe momentthe cultural homogeneity of Arab-Muslim society renders the conflict less intractable than it would appear at first sight.

Mar 30, Ubaid Dhiyan rated it it was ok Shelves: This article needs additional citations for verification.

Trivia About Among the Believe One reads travelogues for two reasons – to gain insight of a place he has never been and to relive the memories of he had visited.

The gender issue is the most obvious example of the disconnect in Islamic culture.

The movement seems to be growing in popularity only because the have-nots are promised retribution through violence. To ask other readers questions about Among the Believersplease sign up. As Naipaul observes, passion for the faith increases with distance from Arabia. Return to Book Page. Even he kind of admits this.

Onward Muslim Soldiers

It’s not perfect, it’s naipakl amazing armchair journey and it’s still so relevant. He describes a native women as: An Islamic Journey by V. The whole time I was reading this book I just kept thinking of this quote: I mean, he mentions people like Qutb once, but makes it quite clear he never read him.