Beyond Belief: Islamic Excursions Among the Converted Peoples

Beyond Belief: Islamic Excursions Among the Converted Peoples

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by V. S. Naipaul
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0375706488

ISBN-13: 9780375706486

Pub. Date: 12/28/1999

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

"Brilliant. . . . A powerfully observed, stylistically elegant exploration." —The New York Times

A 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 Globe

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"Brilliant. . . . A powerfully observed, stylistically elegant exploration." —The New York Times

A 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 Globe

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 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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375706486
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/28/1999
Series:
Vintage International Series
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
1,263,172
Product dimensions:
5.15(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

Prologuexi
PART I Indonesia The Flight of the N-250
1. The Man of the Moment3
2. History21
3. A Convert35
4. A Sacred Place49
5. Kampung65
6. Below the Lava75
7. Oh Mama! Oh Papa!95
8. Ghosts108
PART II Iran The justice of Ali
1. The Foundation of the Oppressed133
2. Mr. Jaffrey's Round Trip143
3. The Great War156
4. Salt Land165
5. The jail179
6. The Martyr189
7. Qom: The Punisher200
8. Cancer221
9. The Two Tribes233
PART III Pakistan Dropping off the Map
1.A Criminal Enterprise245
2. The Polity253
3. Rana in His Village266
4. Guerrilla275
5. Penitent290
6. Loss303
7. From the North313
8. Ali's Footprint327
9. War340
PART IV Malaysian Postscript Raising the Coconut Shell
1. Old Clothes361
2. New Model372
3. The Bomoh's Son381
4. The Other World393

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Beyond Belief: Islamic Excursions Among the Converted Peoples 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
His two books on islam were written in 1979 and 1994 period. He understood the muslim world view better than any other contemporary writer. Consider the time during which the books were written and you get the sense that this book should have been taken more seriously in the past. All this was written before the following events: The pakistani dictatorships, taliban smashing the buddha, indonesian suppression of tribal religions, september 11th. Prophetic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
V.S. Naipaul's Beyond Belief is an incredible account of fundamentalism and cross-cultural turbulence. In the wake of the September 11th tragedy, his foreboding account of fundamentalism should be in every American household.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book by one of the masters of the English language. I would recommend this book if you wish to understand the Muslim psyche. Considering that the West and Islam represent two opposite world-views, this book provides clues as to what the future holds.