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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Onward Muslim Soldiers

The monologues are interspersed with sequences of analysis so brilliant, so penetrating, that they consistently astound, at times conveying insights that take the breath away. He authoritatively calls into question the whole ideology of building a nation on the name of a religion instead of passively receiving information like a traveler.

Shortly after the Revolution toppled the Shah of Iran and established and Islamic Republic there, the journalist V.

The buses and trucks often had no lights at the back, because there was no point in lighting up where you had been. However, his very thinly veiled prejudice, contempt and condescension for faith and people of the faith and absolute belief in the western, secular way of living makes the book difficult to take in as an open-minded dialog and exploration of the Islamic world.

Life in Muslim countries, including the propagation of the true bellievers, depends on technology imported from the spiritually deficient parts of the world.

I had a lot of expectations from the book, given that V. He opposed the idea of a separate Indian Muslim state because he felt that the Muslims were not pure enough for such a state.

naiipaul Secondly, the girl introduces herself as an Ahmadi and presents a chance for Naipaul to exploit this piece of information to paint a blinkered image of Pakistan. The novelist VS Naipaul has caused an outcry by comparing the “calamitous effect” of Islam on the world with colonialism.


He doesn’t seem to step out of this framework at all, offers nothing besides this single, inflexible thesis. My point is that the book has become part of the history now. If Naipaul did begin his trip with a bias, his speakers confirmed it. Ways of Looking and Feeling. It started with a poet who thought that Muslims were so highly evolved that they should have a special place in India for themselves.

Proyek-proyek yang dulunya dikerjakan oleh perusahaan-perusahaan asing kini mangkrak. Dia berksempatan mengunjungi seorang Ayatollah Khalkhali yang merupakan tangan kanan Khomeini dan tidak simpati dengan sikap si Ayatollah yang membanggakan dirinya sebagai hakim yang memutuskan hukuman mati buat para mantan kroni rezim Syah, termasuk kebanggaannya memiliki senpi yang dipakai mengeksekusi Hoveida, Perdana Menteri terakhir Syah Iran. Naipaul has demonstrated acuity ofobservations as he minutely analyzes different ceremonies held in PakistanNaipaul has employed particular travelling strategies as one of them is detailedEthnographic reporting.

The movement seems to be growing in popularity only because the have-nots are promised retribution through violence. His main thesis is that Islam, from its Shia incarnation in post Islamic-Revolution Iran to the animist incorporating version of Indonesia, offers only ideas; it fails to provide structure, institutions or a comprehensive political and legal system that is consistent and coherent for this century.

At the end of the book he returns to Iran during the hostage crisis, where fundamentalist students have taken over the American Embassy along with hundreds of hostages. These are tools for him through which he makes every positive reality as negative and readers start believing them.

He talks about shabby advertisements, relentlessly ignoring the fact that Pakistan had to build its economy from practically ground zero in a not so friendly, resourceful and experienced environment.

Naipaul further talks about the dilapidated state of Pakistani dwarf economy which has to support twice the population of Iran which is a rich country because of it oil reserves. The book is interesting in its little details and imagery, but you know the man set out to be-little and scorn the nations and their attempts at islamization, if you can call it that.


Basic premise of the text is famous novelist goes walkabout inno less in a handful of Islamic countries. Heaven forbid he shows some of it by example in his own book though.

Apr 02, Barnaby Amkng rated it it was ok Shelves: I had to drag myself to finish, given my compulsion to finish books. Naipaul gave a detailed description about the Karachi as a dirty place.

Naupaul contrasts Hinduism, with its epics the Mahabharata and the Ramayana that give plenty of examples of moral ambiguity, with the moral certitude of the revealed religions Islam and Christianity. Islamhe claimed, had both enslaved and attempted to wipe out other cultures.

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Naipaul relates that the Islamic movement is composed of people who want change but don’t suggest an alternative to the materialistic Western ways. At the end of the chapter Naipaul puts forth the image of Pakistanis as illiterates, judgmental, and confused. Rather, one has the sense of being Naipaul, that is to say, of following his rigorous thought processes from inception to conclusion. When he skipped Punjab, he quickly reached the foothills of Himalayas, the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

His tone is satirical. Naipaul does not include Arab countries as he is interested in “converted peoples”. Naipaul constructs the idea that this idea of messiah was hurtful to the sentiment of Muslims because it threatened the finality of prophet Muhammad S. Rejection, therefore, is not absolute rejection. It undermines, it threatens. Naipaul presents almost no women’s voices.