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

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Naipaul's controversial account of his travels through the Islamic world was hailed by The New Republic as "the most notable work on contemporary Islam to have appeared in a very long time."


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About V.S. Naipaul

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V. S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in 1932. He went to England on a scholarship in 1950. After four years at Oxford he began to write, and since then he has followed no other profession. He is the author of more than twenty books of fiction and nonfiction and the recipient of numerous honors, including the Nobel Prize in 2001, the Booker Prize in 1971, and a knighthood for services to literature in 1990. He lives in Wiltshire, England.
 
Published March 23, 2011 by Vintage. 448 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Education & Reference, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Naipaul traveled from Iran to Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia, and back in 1979-80, seeking the meaning of "Islamization"--an exceptional writer/observer/commentator intersecting with an epic anti-intellectual, anti-modernist upheaval.

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Whereas in that earlier work he focused primarily on his own stories of his encounters with the revolutionary potential of Islam in Iran, Pakistan, Indonesia and Malaysia, here he allows individuals in those countries to tell their own stories about their experiences with the Islamic faith.

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Christian Science Monitor

Naipaul has made clear elsewhere that he sees various reasons for the dependency of some nations on others.

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London Review of Books

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.

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