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: 01/09/2010
- Category: Travel writing
- ISBN: 9780330517874