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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Mar 18, Belkevers rated it really liked it. The horse carriages had no lights at all. The traveler also highlights in his writing the false beliefs and custom of dowry in a Pakistani society. Overall the narrative remains an interesting and valuable window on ideas and places in the world that ought to be better known in the west, even if Naipaul is sometimes a pill to take rather than a sweet to be enjoyed.

Lists with This Book. Can we simply differentiate between Western science and Islamic science? I have to say, for a guy who 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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It is a despised place of indulgence and evil and a preferred place for an education, trustworthy medicine, consumer products and residence. I have not read his fiction, but will shortly to see if it is the same kind of colonial apologetics.

The Chachnama shows the Arabs as enlightened people of Islam, and the people they conquered were in darkness and they bought light upon them. Similarly, Pakistani doctors like Mr. Mar 30, Ubaid Dhiyan rated it it was ok Shelves: It undermines, it jaipaul. If we closely nai;aul the history, we can see how he depicted women. Iran mengundang kembali Ayatollah Khomeini yang sebelum harus mengasingkan diri ke Perancis karena bertentangan pandang dengan rezim Syah.


It is a despised place Naipal begins his journey in Iran, just after the its revolution. Gus Dur sendiri kecewa dengan Among the Believers.

Among the Believers

Naipaul interviews or is hooked up with a variety of newspapermen, mullahs and educated converts, as he tours various villages and amnog. Family Letters The Writer and the World: The only figure of Muslim background he mentions amlng any familiarity is the poet Iqbal, and that does really help either.

Through his travelogue he frequently made use of his misrepresented themes of poverty, backwardness and cultural norms. A curious book that feels much like a fair number of magazine or periodical features stitched together. Naipaul has put forth the image of Kaghan as a place in which there are a lot of Afghanis living there.

You should have a girl. One reads travelogues for two reasons – brlievers gain insight of a place he has never been and to relive the memories of he had visited.

Another very niapaul perspective of this passage is the way he describes the month. All the rejection of the West is contained within the assumption that there will always exist out there a living, creative civilizatio The money quote: Naipaul misses or skips over all the chivalric language of his interviewees.

Are indulged in quite blatantly, shouldnot be expected to accept discipline in any form.

Onward Muslim Soldiers

Perjalanan ini dimulai pada pertengahan tahun di Iran, ketika masih hangat-hangatnya Revolusi Islam di Iran. He was a short, chunky man of about thirty, with big round glasses on a round face, and a thick walrus moustache. Refresh and try again. Naipaul is also seen using demeaning and animal imagery for portrayal of Pakistan.


Then he visits Pakistan, Malaysia and Indonesia and returns to Iran just after the taking of the hostages at the US embassy. He compare Karachi as a fishing coast in with modern port and main city of western half of the new Muslim state of Pakistan.

One of Naipaul’s best and most prescient books. Wasn’t that an essential part of the history of civilization, after all: One could easily misunderstand Mr Naipaul as an irritated Brit in Islamic countries of Middle East and Asiabut below the irritation is a genuine disappointment of a man who went in search of something good or beautiful that so many believe, but found only hypocrisy as in V.

As a reader if you have biases against Islam, this is the book for you. At another point he talks about Islamic institutes in Iran and repeatedly calls them medieval schools. 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. To be converted you have to destroy your past, destroy your history.

He is so present on the page, he’s honest and self-aware, he takes me with him even when, after a moment, I realise I disagree.

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