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Beyond Belief - Islamic Excursions Among The Converted Peoples
Beyond Belief - Islamic Excursions Among The Converted Peoples

Beyond Belief - Islamic Excursions Among The Converted Peoples

by V S Naipaul

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Language

English

Publisher

Penguin

ISBN

0140279350 - Year: 1999 - Pages: 437

Binding

Paperback

V S Naipaul

Author: V S Naipaul
Publisher: Penguin
Year: 1999
Language: English
Pages: 437
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0140279350

Description

Now available in paperback edition, this book is a classic account of author's travels and intelligent observations as to how do the converted peoples view their past.

In a follow up to 'Among the Believers', V S Naipaul travels through Indonesia, Iran, Pakistan and Malaysia and writes what has Islam done to the histories of these countries.

A startling and revelatory addition to the Naipaul cannon, this book confirms the author's reputation as a masterful observer, a 'finder-out' of stories, as well as a magnificent teller of them.

In Indonesia he finds a pastoral people who have lost their history through a confluence of Islam and technology. In Iran he discovers a religious tyranny as oppressive as the secular one of the Shah. But nowhere, as Naipaul illustrates, has history been more successfully mangled into a cultural desert than in Pakistan. The tragic realization of a casual poetic dream, a Muslim recreation fantasy, it inherited blood feuds, rotting palaces, antique cruelty - then President Zia installed religious terror with $ 100 million of Saudi money. How, asks the author, can you convert a personal faith into the apparatus of a state without settling for a personal tyranny? Everyone he talks to and everything he sees leads him to the conclusion that you can't.

Yet that hasn't stopped Islamic missionaries from swooping down on Malaysia to spread the word, where the Muslim Youth Movement is welcoming Malay converts still reeling from racial riots with the Chinese. But he also finds the same old conflicts, the same problems endemic amongst the converted. For here are people mentally, physically and geographically torn between two worlds. People struggling to live the impossible dream of a true faith born out of a spiritual vacancy.

COMMENTS:

A record of intelligent observation that promises to be an enduring literary achievement. - Richard Bernstein

A grand addition to that special literary form that Naipaul has mastered as perhaps no one else has. - Economic Times

Contents

Prologue

CHAPTER I
THE FLIGHT OF THE N - 250

PART I
The Man of the Moment

PART II
History

PART III
A Convert

PART IV
A Sacred Place

PART V
Kampung

PART VI
Below the Lava

PART VII
Oh Mama! Oh Papa!

PART VIII
Ghosts

CHAPTER II
IRAN
THE JUSTICE OF ALI

PART I
The Foundation of the Oppressed

PART II
Mr Jaffrey's Round Trip

PART III
The Great War

PART IV
Salt Land

PART V
The Jail

PART VI
The Martyr

PART VII
Qum : The Punisher

PART VIII
Cancer

PART IX
The Two Tribes

CHAPTER III
PAKISTAN
DROPPING OFF THE MAP

PART I
A Criminal Enterprise

PART II
The Polity

PART III
Rana in his Village

PART IV
Guerrilla

PART V
Penitent

PART VI
Loss

PART VII
From the North

PART VIII
Ali's Footprint

PART IX
War

CHAPTER IV
MALAYSIAN POSTSCRIPT
RAISING THE COCONUT SHELL

PART I
Old Clothes

PART II
New Model

PART III
The Bomoh's Son

PART IV
The Other World

Acknowledgements

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