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  • Title: Beyond Belief: Islamic Excursions Among the Converted Peoples
  • Author: V.S. Naipaul
  • ISBN: 9780375706486
  • Page: 112
  • Format: Paperback

  • Brilliant A powerfully observed, stylistically elegant exploration The New York TimesA New York Times Notable Book of the Year The book s strength lies in Naipaul s extraordinary ability as a storyteller to draw striking portraits of a cross section of individuals The Boston GlobeFourteen years after the publication of his landmark travel narrative Among the Brilliant A powerfully observed, stylistically elegant exploration The New York TimesA New York Times Notable Book of the Year The book s strength lies in Naipaul s extraordinary ability as a storyteller to draw striking portraits of a cross section of individuals The Boston GlobeFourteen years after the publication of his landmark travel narrative Among the Believers, V S Naipaul returned to the four non Arab Islamic countries he reported on so vividly at the time of Ayatollah Khomeini s triumph in Iran Beyond Belief is the result of his five month journey in 1995 through Indonesia, Iran, Pakistan, and Malaysia lands where descendants of Muslim converts live at odds with indigenous traditions, and where dreams of Islamic purity clash with economic and political realities.In extended conversations with a vast number of people a rare survivor of the martyr brigades of the Iran Iraq war, a young intellectual training as a Marxist guerilla in Baluchistan, an impoverished elderly couple in Teheran whose dusty Baccarat chandeliers preserve the memory of vanished wealth, and countless others V S Naipaul deliberately effaces himself to let the voices of his subjects come through Yet the result is a collection of stories that has the author s unmistakable stamp With its incisive observation and brilliant cultural analysis, Beyond Belief is a startling and revelatory addition to the Naipaul canon Highly accomplished Another display of Naipaul s remarkable talent The Independent London
    V.S. Naipaul
    Naipaul was born and raised in Trinidad, to which his grandfathers had emigrated from India as indentured servants He is known for the wistfully comic early novels of Trinidad, the bleaker novels of a wider world remade by the passage of peoples, and the vigilant chronicles of his life and travels, all written in characteristic, widely admired, prose.At 17, he won a Trinidad Government scholarship to study abroad In the introduction to the 20th anniversary edition of A House for Mr Biswas, he reflected that the scholarship would have allowed him to study any subject at any institution of higher learning in the British Commonwealth, but that he chose to go to Oxford to do a simple degree in English He went, he wrote, in order at last to write In August 1950, Naipaul boarded a Pan Am flight to New York, continuing the next day by boat to London 50 years later, Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad V S Naipaul was awarded the 2001 Nobel Prize in Literature for having united perceptive narrative and incorruptible scrutiny in works that compel us to see the presence of suppressed histories.


    Commentaires:

    Patrick McCoy
    I felt compelled to follow up reading V.S. Naipaul's Beyond Belief soon after reading Among the Believers. so as have a sense of continuity. In this book, he re-vists the four converted Islamic countries (Iran, Indonesia, Pakistan, Malaysia) that he went to 14 years prior and tracks down some of the previous people he had interviewed before, as well as some new subjects. It seems as though he came away with a more negative impression than before, but perhaps I am mistaken. People in Iran are rul [...]

    K
    In the beginning itself, Naipaul asserts that the USA is the land of freedom and opportunity. Where a Muslim preacher goes to theologically indoctrinate the university students of Indonesia. Islamic organisations in Kuwait and Saudi A finance him.In detail Naipaul goes on to describe how rigourously the devouts of Islam are expected to undertake the rituals of it. But, on a closer scrutiny, most of the religions are like that. None could be said to be more liberal, considered at a fundamental le [...]

    Katie
    Naipaul has an amazing ability to get people to reveal intimate details of their life stories - and then to thread the stories together to reveal deeper truths about a particular society. 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.

    Chris
    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. His portraits are riviting and beautiful, though one must keep in mind Naipauls very conservative politics back home in India.

    Eric George
    This is a highly up to date travel study of four Islamic countries, Indonesia, Iran, Pakistan and Malaysia. The journey was made in 1995, still the book has managed to stay applicable regarding it`s topic. The author V.S Naipaul traveled through Indonesia, Iran, Pakistan and Malaysia to meet people, and to talk with them, discovering their stories, their realities and lives. People have been prosecuted by their corrupt regimes and Naipaul reveals their stories with sharp insight and a tutoring a [...]

    Drayton Bird
    I got this book out of the library and put off reading it as it sounded like it might be hard work.How wrong I was. Once I started I couldn't stop. 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.That sounds a rather depressing recommendation, but the book is utterly fascinating - and made me understand why Naipaul won the Nobel Prize.He goes into prodigious detail, never c [...]

    William
    Terrific, 1999 sequel to Among the Believers (1981). 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. He reports on the pro-Westerners, followers of Islam all, as being if anything more embattled, while the Islamists are still more incongruous in their strenuous, sometimes hypocritical, attempts to follow and apply the admonitions of a fifth century book of spoken religious poetr [...]

    Patrick
    I only read the section on Iran, but much of that section -"Justice of Ali" - was fascinating (despite my reservations about Naipaul going into the book). It is extremely moving in its discussion of the 8 yr. war between Iran and Iraq. My big complaint is that Naipaul does not give Iranian women a voice. He only includes the voices of the men he has interviewed, and though he has the opportunity to interview women, he inexplicably chooses to leave their voices out (even as he acknowledges throug [...]

    Andrew Rosner
    Terrific look at Islam's effect on non-Arab countries that previously had different histories and cultures (e.g. Iran, Indonesia). Naipaul is a tremendous observer of the human condition and above all, a true humanist. Hard to disagree with his conclusion that Islam is the most comprehensive form of imperialism, in that it erases any history that precedes it. The chapter on Pakistan is devastating, and that was written over ten years ago.

    Cbj
    "Imaduddin was a lecturer in electrical engineering at the Bandung Institute of Technology. He was also an Islamic preacher." These are the first two lines in this non-fiction book by V.S.Naipaul. Just two seemingly unremarkable lines. But when read together, they say a lot. The book is about Naipaul's travels across Indonesia, Iran, Pakistan and Malaysia. And what do these countries have in common? They were all non-Muslim countries/areas which gradually became Muslim through proselytization, i [...]

    SeharMoughal
    If I had read this book a couple of years ago, I would absolutely disagree with Naipaul's observations. Now, I am not so sure. What has changed? Well, I know a few Arab Muslim people and I am inclined to agree with Naipul. This quote sums up the main premise of the book:"The cruelty of Islamic fundamentalism is that it allows only to one people - the Arabs, the original people of the Prophet - a past, and sacred places, pilgrimages and earth reverences. These sacred Arab places have to be the sa [...]

    Rebecca
    Myopic and racist.

    Jeruen
    Finally, I have finished this book. As regular readers of my book review series might have noticed, I typically read fiction, and non-fiction book reviews here are mostly the exception than the rule. I picked this book up when I was browsing a used-bookstore here in Berlin, and since at that time, I had become aware of V. S. Naipaul (after reading his Nobel Prize lecture as part of a collection), so I decided to randomly pick this book up so that I could try his writing. Somehow, after reading t [...]

    Jono Balliett
    it was great to read this one after reading among the believers. it revisits the non-arab countries that he had previously visited. reading the tales of the people he encounters understanding their struggles helps the non muslim readers identify with individuals who come from those regions.

    Arzu
    This book made me fall in love with English language. Sir. Naipaul is indeed a master of English language. I am looking forward to read his other books.

    Snehal
    Racist nonsense.

    andheaventoo
    honestly, the more i think about this book, the more i wonder about the point of it. to me, it just isn't a very effective book. if it's about telling these people's stories, the stories are awkwardly related and oddly translated. fiction would have been far more effective and touching in that regard.if it serves as a non-fiction account, i found that the book had virtually nothing to say about islam. there is one idea: islam as an imperialist force that demands its followers to eradicate any ti [...]

    Vera VB
    In 1979 bezocht Naipaul Indonesië, Iran, Pakistan en Maleisië. 15 jaar later heeft hij dezelfde reis nog eens gemaakt om te kijken wat er ondertussen veranderd is, ten goede of ten slechte. Hij probeerde zoveel mogelijk dezelfde mensen te spreken, maar dat was niet altijd mogelijk omdat ze of overleden waren, niet meer te vinden of zo'n hoge maatschappelijke positie hadden dat ze niet meer voor gewone gesprekken open stonden. Daarnaast probeerde hij ook terug te overnachten in de plaatsen waar [...]

    Hugo Filipe
    The writing is not that inspired and the subject not that interesting.

    Jeremy
    Beautifully written and totally absorbing. Written 20 years ago but if anything, it resonates even more today

    Julián
    Empecé a leer este libro hacia 2002 o 2003. Lo dejé después de haber leído la parte correspondiente a Malasia e Indonesia y lo retomé en 2008 para leer la parte que trata sobre Irán, poco antes de realizar mi viaje a este país. La impresión que recibí en mi primer contacto con el libro es radicalmente distinta de la que tuve en 2008. La primera vez, mientras leía estas páginas no daba crédito a lo que contaba este buen hombre: además de su proverbial mal humor, hosquedad, sequedad y [...]

    Laura
    What I learned: Islam is an Arab religion and “it makes imperial “Arabizing” demands on its converts”. (Robert Irwin, Guardian - back of book)What has this Arab Islam done to the histories of Indonesia, Iran, Pakistan and Malaysia?What is Arab Islam’s affect on it’s converts and their futures in their respective countries?These are just a few of the questions that are addressed by Naipaul in this compelling read. In 1979 he visited Indonesia, Iran, Pakistan and Malaysia and wrote the [...]

    Lauren
    For a two month period, this was my "insomnia book", the one that I read 20 pages at a time on those nights when I was suddenly wide awake at 3am.As an insomnia book, I give this four stars.However, as a "regular" book, this is nothing special. Naipaul interviews various people in Indonesia, Iran, Pakistan and Malaysia. I was uncomfortable as I read this, because Naipaul seemed judgmental of the people that he was interviewing. He asked them rude questions. For example, to a man whose father had [...]

    Amitava Mazumdar
    This was my first book by Naipaul. Before I read it, I knew very little about him, except that he was known as a curmudgeon. I certainly didn't know about his anti-Muslim bias. I've learned that not knowing that is not understanding Naipaul at all.I don't have a problem with criticism of Islamic teachings and practices. I have my own complaints, especially since 9/11. However, Naipaul seems to have spent a great deal of time and money in traveling through the Islamic world not to learn something [...]

    Bettie☯
    Description: Fourteen years after the publication of his landmark travel narrative Among the Believers, V. S. Naipaul returned to the four non-Arab Islamic countries he reported on so vividly at the time of Ayatollah Khomeini's triumph in Iran. Beyond Belief is the result of his five-month journey in 1995 through Indonesia, Iran, Pakistan, and Malaysia--lands where descendants of Muslim converts live at odds with indigenous traditions, and where dreams of Islamic purity clash with economic and p [...]

    Abhïshék Ghosh
    Naipaul's keen sense of observation and ability to thread out the unspoken in the personalities he decides to interview is truly remarkable. He seamlessly zooms out of the events of one man's life to draw a broader commentary on the times and attitudes of an entire generation. Naipaul is not leisure- reading. If you aren't paying enough attention, you might just feel like you woke up at midnight in the train bogey and realised that the train is suddenly moving in reverse and that you have no ide [...]

    Jonathan
    The stories are really interesting.I don't think Naipaul's thesis is as accurate as he supposes (at least as he believed at the time he wrote the book). But there is truth there, I think, too. I think the religions and cultural heritages pre-Islam were probably quite as bad in some ways as Naipaul believes Islam is. But I don't think he takes this into account as much as he should.In any event, I believe Jesus Christ died and rose from the dead 2000 years ago, so I believe in one truth, one real [...]

    Arvind
    A 1996-followup to Naipaul's earlier travelogue thru Indonesia, Malaysia, Iran and Pakistan in 1981. This one is a little better and both have documented the times very well. All 4 nations r very different in their own ways and make for interesting reading.It was interesting to note that while Pakistan was facing a horrible separatist revolt in Baluchistan and Karachi had turned into a war-zone in the 90s, it was exporting terror to Kashmir and militancy was at its peak in Kashmir then. Wrt Indo [...]

    Niklaus
    Un'analisi scritta in tempi non sospetti e da una persona non sospettabile di avere una "visione crociata" o essere un agente imperialista, a seconda dell'interlocutore di turno.Uno scrittore che ha saputo vedere molto meglio di tanti una realtà fino a poco tempo fa minimizzata dai giornalisti (o sottaciuta vero Bernardo Valli di Repubblica !?). Consiglio sul tema (e per capacità di analisi) l'ottimo giornalista Ahmed Rashid, uno che scoprì il fenomeno Taliban prima ancora che mettessero p [...]

    Caroline
    This was a fascinating account of Islamic movement in the world, in particular Pakistan, Iran, Indonesia and Malaysia. V.S. Naipaul interviews the number of people of all walks of life in these countries who share their stories. This is the followup of his original book Among the Believers which was written a decade and a half earlier. I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did and I learned much about the radicalism of Islam and its roots, topics that are so current in our present political e [...]

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