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 di majalah Pantau tahun ? It tbe a despised place Naipal begins his journey in Iran, just after the its revolution. In this travelogue we see Naipaul moves from Iran to Pakistan, Malaysia and Indonesia sketching an image of Islam through a mocking and sarcastic tone claiming that new Islam raises political issues without providing political solutions, thus encouraging anarchy. But point is that through giving detailed description, he did not present the positive image or aspect, rather he just portray a negative imagery about the people and their lives and took them as primitive and other.

Skip to main content. He portrays the idea in such a way that it not only becomes part of the culture but it seems reality to reader. Beliebers 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.

Jun 04, Daniel E. Contact us for rights and issues inquiries. It’s not perfect, it’s an amazing armchair journey and it’s still so relevant.


Whether or not the interviewees themselves oppress women, their disconnect here, is every bit as important, if not more important than the issues Naipaul emphasizes in this book. Total number of pages missing 2 Sep 11, Jul 11, Ali Gilani rated it really liked it. The Islamic movement seems like Belifvers Dark Ages when the Pope was ordering inquisitions and trying to recreate times that have long since passed.

In Search of Islam

He gives the example of Maulana Maududi from Pakistan and emphasizes how hypocritical it is of him being a proponent of Islamic fundamentalism on one hand and then running to USA to seek “Western” medicine. Iran mengundang kembali Amnog Khomeini yang sebelum harus mengasingkan diri ke Perancis karena bertentangan pandang dengan rezim Syah. The symbolism of this image shows a ridiculous image of Pakistan white and green — Pakistani flag in eyes of an English man.

They talk of Islam protecting women. Remember me on this computer. Naipaul has also highlighted through his writing that these nomads are selfish and they only care about their money and their flocks of sheep. A traveler must not incorporate his own views, ideas and ideology in the travelogue but it is done consciously amohg unconsciously sometimes.

Onward Muslim Soldiers

These feelings are ill placed and are based on stereotypical images and no further explanation is given to nullify the shady outlook of the taxi driver. Naipaul gave a detailed description about the Karachi beelievers a dirty place. Over all this book was a great read! Log In Sign Up. He portrays natives as irrational, illogic, lazy, unpunctual and extremist. To ask other readers questions about Among the Believersplease sign up. Naipaul’s prescient depiction of Islam in countries such as Iran, Pakistan, Indonesia and Malaysia where Islamic fundamentalism is growing.


Moreover, he is also very biased while explaining the situations of different offices, he nailaul. For one school he makes a Dickensian comparison to Nicholas Nickleby.

Intellectual analytic is one of the types of travel writing, tye which the traveler considers himself as kind of reformer or intellectual social commentator. And that’s why we rea I have always believed that, if one wants to learn, one should travel.

This idea of ignoring the essence of religion and culture will prevail throughout the travelogue. In Pakistan, the emphasis is both legalistic and utopian: The Muslim believres today is heir to what was at once a religious and a political aspiration.

An important aspect which is highlighted is women of Iran. His description of Amony is very sarcastic and this sarcastic tone goes with every idea. It’s like writing a critique of Christianity after touring South Central. Gus Dur sendiri kecewa dengan Among the Believers.

This book is about Naipaul’s travels to Muslim countries which are not Arab.

Naipaul in his travelogue, Smong the Believer, he consider himself as a reformer, who came to the land to civilize the people. His tone is satirical. But there’s very little description or sense of landscape here, no colorful characters appear to relieve the considerable tension.