This is a book about one of the more important and unsettling issues of our time.
But it is not a book of opinion. It is, in the Naipaul way, a very rich and human book, full of people and their stories: stories of family, both broken and whole; of religion and nation; and of the constant struggle to create a world of virtue and prosperity in equal measure.
Islam is an Arab religion, and it makes imperial Arabizing demands on its converts.
In this way it is more than a private faith; and it can become a neurosis.
What has this Arab Islam done to the histories of the non-Arab Islamic states: Indonesia, Iran, Pakistan, and Malaysia?
How do the converted peoples view their past -- and their future?
In a follow-up to Among the Believers, his classic account of his travels through these countries, V.
S. Naipaul returns, after a gap of seventeen years, to find out how and what the converted preach. 'Sceptical, enquiring, sharply observant and unfailingly stylish' Guardian 'Peerless ...the human encounters are described minutely, superbly, picking up inconsistencies in people's tales, catching the uncertainties and the nuances ...there is a candour to his writing, a constant precision at its heart' Sunday Times
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 448 pages
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date: 03/09/2010
- Category: Travel writing
- ISBN: 9780330517874