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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Naipaul sets out to investigate in his latest book. To be more precise, it is very natural for the third world countries to swing between dependence on and rejection of the western civilization. We think that he is just being realistic and trying to figure out and make order of the things but the truth is that he uses these dark images and tone in order to convince the reader that his perception about Hyderabad is the right one.

The book contains his observations on Islam after meeting a lot of people in all these countries.

It is a despised place of indulgence and evil and a preferred place for an education, trustworthy medicine, consumer products and residence. Besides that he also project Islam as mechanical process by quoting from speeches of natives and presents a fake image of Mosques where the unity of Muslims is interpreted in terroristic terms and ideas: It is much, much worse in fact We also naipqul ironic tone in his travel writings.

This theological teacher also supports Khomeni despite of his Shia inclinations just because Khomeni banned Women from appearing on TV. See 1 question about Among the Believers …. He met a great many Muslims, from a high-ranking Iranian ayatollah to an Indonesian who described himself “a statistical Muslim”, and who was worried that when his daughter married a pious young man from poor background and became a “born-again Muslim”, she lost her personality and sense of humor.


Naipaul summarizes the understanding among those he meets as to what it takes to run successful “institutions”, “it’s as though the world is running itself. In the popular religion of Shiite Iran, the cult of the martyred Hussein replaces believes of the Book, access to which is effectively limited to members of aming religious establishment. He was a short, chunky man of about thirty, with big round glasses on a round face, and a thick walrus moustache.

Among the Believers

It is to be parasitic: His misanthrophy, his Islamophobia, his class prejudice, his palpable unease with his own identity. He tries to assert the idea that Islam means loss of identity and individuality which is on its peak in his part of world and that is paradoxical because later he is not sure about his what identity he must present in the very place.

Feb 08, S. Naipaul relates that the Islamic movement is composed of people who want change but don’t suggest an alternative to the materialistic Western ways. Sometimes, concerning the refrains, speakers are asked to clarify, or for others to clarify what was said, or are given naipal pithy question.

As journalist techniques, detailed ethnographic reporting, historical perspectives, autobiographical features and philosophical inquiry. I really don’t understand why any publisher would have been interested in publishing this book.

He gives description in a detailed form and observed each and every aspect very keenly. It is scary though how Iran has not changed since post-revolution until my recent visit, if anecdotes are based on any truth whatsoever. That would surprise me given what I had heard of him.


Di negara yang pemerintahannya baru saja menerapkan beelievers militer di bawah pimpian Jendral Zia ul-Haq, Beelievers melihat bagaimana Pakistan adalah sebuah negara yang serba semrawut.

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Islam is attacked frequently in his first travel experience on a very wider scale. In this chapter two women tales vx told and both of them are manipulative and selfish. One of the example is the Riwind gathering. 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. He came some minutes before eight.

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Naipal begins his journey in Iran, just after the its revolution. This point is well made and I generally agree with the thesis, well expressed in the following excerpt – “.

Mereka berusaha menciptakan lingkungan yang khusus berisi Muslim. Sayangnya, yang agak menonjol buat Naipaul, sepertinya orang-orang ini terkesan agak jorok, jubahnya kotor dan ketika ketika habis mengupil kotorannya ditolet-toletkan ke lengan kursi. Naipaul’s dour critique of four Islamic nations describes a world that is largely without history.

I can’t help thinking there was more to their thought processes than Naipaul let on.