He goes into prodigious detail, never c I got this book out of the library and put off reading it as it sounded like it might be hard work. Naipaul returns, after a gap of seventeen years, to find out how and what the converted preach. It struck me as tragic to read about what has been lost in the histories and traditions of these areas of the world. His works of nonfiction, equally acclaimed, include Among the Believers, Beyond Belief, The Masque of Africa, and a trio of books about India: An Area of Darkness, India: A Wounded Civilization and India: A Million Mutinies Now. Condition very good, minor wear on jacket. In 1979 bezocht Naipaul Indonesië, Iran, Pakistan en Maleisië. Daarnaast probeerde hij ook terug te overnachten in de plaatsen waar h In 1979 bezocht Naipaul Indonesië, Iran, Pakistan en Maleisië.
But it is as stated, a religion well for the people in position to misconduct their power and live an unmoral life, immoral maybe to the principles of Islam. Naipaul revisits, over a decade later, some of the men and women he interviewed for his first book, and many others, living in Iran, Pakistan, Indonesia and Malaysia. With its incisive observation and brilliant cultural analysis, Beyond Belief is a startling and revelatory addition to the Naipaul canon. These are insistent themes that recur again and again. Naipaul after reading his as part of a collection , so I decided to randomly pick this book up so that I could try his writing.
Indonesia, Iran, Pakistan, and Malaysia: all of these countries are non-Arab, yet Islam has a strong grip on its population. I give it 3 out of 5 stars. Naipaul interviews people from various walks of life to find out how Islam has affected their present, how it has changed the way they view their past and their hopes for the future. What are our real interests? What we expect from Mr. However, Naipaul seems to have spent a great deal of time and money in traveling through the Islamic world not to learn something This was my first book by Naipaul. Without her he would have been thrown into the madhouse. In 1995, Naipaul traveled through the four non-Arab Islamic countries Indonesia, Iran, Pakistan, and Malaysia to explore how life has changed since the rise of Ayatollah Khomeini.
In this way it is more than a private faith; and it can become a neurosis. Naipaul finds that the government's heavy-handed use of religion has turned many Muslims against their religion. But it is not a book of opinion. Naipaul's chapters are not neatly arranged into an introduction, body and firm conclusion,. In Iran, for instance, a country dominated by mountain ranges, deserts and the ideas of extremist fundamentalism and faith, the revolution led by Ayatollah Khomeini in the name of religion not only failed to uplift the country but shelled the young and innocent Iranians to death.
Stating that he has a strongopinion is understatement, and I believe due to his Indian heritage and his own view on Indian history his sharp insight into Pakistan's state is almost oracle-ish, when he accuses the state of beong a thief mind you in 1995! Wrt Indo A 1996-followup to Naipaul's earlier travelogue thru Indonesia, Malaysia, Iran and Pakistan in 1981. As an atheist, I read this and see how it is really better not to believe in a religion, due to its negative influences, which in my view, overrides whatever positive influences it might have. One could almost listen to anti-Islamic thoughts of the author, not in whispers, not hidden but in shouts, revealed. I don't have a problem with criticism of Islamic teachings and practices. I believe all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, we have all gone our own way. The alternating between people and their stories like an original Pakistani Marxist, hidden love stories between peasants puting a whole lot at stake, and Nomadic people in Baluchistan makes the book interesting and keeps the reader alerted. A sigh, with thirteen hundred years of pious disappointment, and polemic, behind it.
Whether you agree with this or not, it is an important book. Naipaul cautions his readers not to arrive at any conclusions based on his work,—how is that possible? But Naipaul is always observant and serious and nothing seems to escape him. It is— a very rich and human book, full of people and stories. The section on Indonesia where I live was good, but the sections on Iran and Pakistan were particularly thought provoking and kept me reading late into the night. Still, the complexity of his subject sometimes leads to mistakes, even howlers. Islam is an Arab religion, and it makes imperial Arabizing demands on its converts. Such type of writing may be entertaining to read for some people.
Sometimes he puts this as a matter of temperament, but on other occasions he suggests a hierarchy of values in which the unbeliever is one who has evolved beyond the restrictive horizons of belief: I began to understand what people in Pakistan meant when they told me that Islam was a complete way of life, affecting everything; I began to understand that—although it might be said that we had shared a common subcontinental origin—I had traveled a different way. Consiglio sul tema e per capacità di analisi l'ottimo giornalista Ahmed Rashid, uno che scoprì il fenomeno Taliban prima ancora che mettessero piede in Afghanistan. People in Iran are rul I felt compelled to follow up reading V. Naipaul is not leisure- reading. If you want to know why Islam has grown, and how and why so many happily kill themselves for it, this tells you - even though it was written well before the current lunacy. Naipaul after reading his as part of a collection , so I decided to randomly pick this book up so that I could try his writing.
But, on a closer scrutiny, most of the religions are like that. Where hopes once carried the poor and the oppressed, disappointment now weighs them down. The reporting Naipaul's Nobel discreetly avoided any mention of Islam. It is, in the Naipaul way, a very rich and human book, full of people and their stories: stories of family, both broken and whole; of religion and nation; and of the constant struggle to create a world of virtue and prosperity in equal measure. My big complaint is that Naipaul does not give Iranian women a voice. Hinduism, which has no place for conversion, if considered at its ritualistic level, has a strong violence concealed behind it.
Naipaul deliberately effaces himself to let the voices of his subjects come through. It is not a book of opinion. A car is a system. The power writing has occasionally becomes over-bearing even for the best ones, and you want your share of the political-cake, instead of mere readership. It is similar with the people who are converted to Christianity, who outnumber by far the Islamic converts.