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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In the fifth chapter in which he visits Hyderabad he uses imagery of poverty, decay, inability and decadence.

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 vz oil reserves. He asks them about their lives and their hopes for the future. It started with a poet who thought that Muslims were so highly evolved that they should have a special place in India for themselves. It is a despised place of indulgence and evil and a preferred place for an education, trustworthy medicine, consumer products and residence.

A curious book that feels much like a fair number nwipaul magazine or periodical features stitched together. The representation of Islam in political terms is what depicting his sarcastic nature when he says: 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.

Naipal begins his journey in Iran, just after the its revolution. Ahmed Versi, editor of the Muslim News, said Naipaul’s outburst showed just how deep his ignorance of Islam was. Bwlievers, when he talks about the grand residential streets he never forgets to mention that they were built by British.

The misrepresentation on behalf of the traveler starts with the portrayal of the concept of colonial gaze in which Naipaul is looking down on people and their landscapes and studying and observing them as backward and ill mannered. It is easy to dislike Naipaul. One must remember that the book was written injust after Ayatollah Khomeini’s revolution in Iran. Similarly, Pakistani doctors like Mr.

Setelah perbincangan dengan seorang pengusaha asal Sulawesi di Hotel Borobudur, yang memiliki sentimen sangat negatif terhadap orang-orang Cina dan pengusaha internasional, yang berbicara dengan emosi meledak-ledak, Naipaul berasumsi bahwa tragedi pembantaian komunis pada tahun memang sangat mungkin terjadi di Indonesia. His only previous knowledge was of the small diaspora community in his native Trinidad, viewed, necessarily with some suspicion, across the communal divide.


The prose is smooth and it flows like a tranquil torrent. 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.

If it were not for the West, Islamic countries would still be living in mud huts with no electricity, clean water, modern medicine, fuel-powered transportation or even the weapons they are using to kill “unbelievers” all over the world. Mar 18, Wawan rated it really liked it.

As if intellectuals and 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 bs who passed through their land for a week.

Jul 11, Ali Gilani rated it really liked it.

Among the Believers

The Koran and to a lesser extent, the hadith is repeatedly held up as a comprehensive manual for politics by the people Naipaul interviews; Naipaul throughout remains skeptical of this claim. This is the major weakness believdrs this otherwise brilliant book.

He questions them pointedly. His travels take him to Iran, Pakistan, Malaysia and Indonesia — countries with distinctive Islamic traditions, all of them influenced by, but not contained within, the Arab culture in which Islam made its first appearance. Exhausting, but full of insight and interest, sometimes frightening.

That it gives us Muslim points of view is important and necessary, especially today, but it is the book’s structure and seamless execution, that is to my mind its true achievement. Such a portrayal of the Muslims is regarded as impulsive and intolerant Being a traveler he is unaware of the Pakistani religion and their social and naipau norms.

Published September 19th by Picador first published One woman is described more than interviewed; however, had she not been a member of a sect of interest, she might not have been included at all. Naipaul is not shy in calling them on their western disconnect, but gives them a pass here.

In Naipaul published a sequel Beyond Belief: Then he visits Pakistan, Malaysia and Indonesia and returns to Iran just after the taking of the hostages at the US embassy.


However, they had little of their own civilization, in fact nothing but a dream to relive and enact 7th century Arabia. He analysis different aspects of different cultures amlng such a real way that the readers accept it as a reality.

Among the Believers : An Islamic Journey by V.S. Naipaul

The Islamic movement seems like Europe’s Dark Ages when the Pope was ordering inquisitions and trying to recreate times that have long since passed. One of its spiritual leaders the poet Iqbal, d. It may be that the quotes are selectively edited, but they all seem to be within context.

Critics of Naipaul have picked up on his sweeping generalisations. He concludes that Islam as a form of Government leads to societies and institutions that are feudal in nature and ultimately reliant on the West for technology. 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.

Naipaul meets with the famous Anwar Ibrahimwhen he is a rising star. It will reinforce every stereotype you have ever held about this religion and its adherents. His account consists of several interviews of religious and political figures throughout the Muslim world. There’s the constant tension between the material needs of the west — the roads, bridges, planes — and the somber sterility that some interpretators of Islam would like to see.

Later the slave admits that she was lying for the sake of taking revenge from Bin Qasim, it is a very brave action on her part and she was buried alive in a wall along with her sister.

VS Naipaul launches attack on Islam

Iran mengundang kembali Ayatollah Khomeini yang sebelum harus mengasingkan diri ke Perancis karena bekievers pandang dengan rezim Syah. Over all this book was a great read! This infuriated the caliphs and thus he orders to kill Bin Qasim. Maka, pertemuannya dengan penyair Sitor Situmorang, yang pernah dipenjara tanpa bisa membaca dan menulis selama 10 tahun itu sangat berkesan baginya.